R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

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Penguin, 2004 - Fiction - 84 pages
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'It is time to read Capek again for his insouciant laughter, and the anguish of human blindness that lies beneath it' -- Arthur Miller
R.U.R.--written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922--garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek's Robots are an android product--they remember everything but think of nothing new. But the Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning, and the humans they serve stop reproducing. When the Robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must strain to learn the secret of self-duplication. It is not until two Robots fall in love and are christened 'Adam' and 'Eve' by the last surviving human that Nature emerges triumphant.
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For all the hype surrounding this book as the first use of the word robot it has precious little to do with what we in the current day would identify as robots. For starters this is actually a play ... Read full review

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An exciting story that raises interesting questions about the relationship between humans and our inventions - robots, in this case. If you like stories such as "2001 - A Space Odyssey" you'll get a ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Karel Capek (1890-1938) was the leading Czech playwright, novelist, and columnist between the wars. He is best known for R. U. R. and his novel, War with the Newts.

Ivan Klíma is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and essayist whose work was long suppressed under Communism.

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