Tales from Two Pockets by Karel Capek

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Capek wrote 48 stories that deconstruct the mystery story by breaking one rule here, three rules there, and yet also make for wonderful reading. His unique approaches to the mysteries of justice and truth are full of the ordinary and the extraordinary, humor and humanism.
 

About Karel Capek

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Czech writer Carol Capek (1890-1938) began his career as a newspaper columnist. A fervent opponent of Nazism and Communism, he wrote speculative plays and novels, such as The War With the Newts, and R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots, in which he coined the word "robot," meaning "slave." Brilliant commentaries on the rise of fascism, they have also led to his being considered one of the founders of the sci-' and dystopian genres.
 
Published June 1, 1994 by Catbird Press. 365 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The present volume, an expanded edition (and new translation) of a book first published posthumously in 1945, adds a smattering of ``Fables'' and ``Would-Be Tales'' to the irreverently amusing title pieces, which offer ostensible ``untold stories'' about celebrated figures from Greek and Roman hi...

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The narrator of ``The Man Who Could Not Sleep'' says of his nightly torment by painful memories, ``Sleep...forgives both us and those who trespass against us.'' The protagonist of the volume's final story, ``The Last Things of Man,'' looks at himself in the mirror while experiencing great pain an...

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Here, Sarah and Abraham, speaking in good pseudo-scriptural prose, try to compile a list of 10 righteous people who could redeem Sodom and Gomorrah: ""Then spake Sarah, saying: `What do you have against Namuel?

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This newly translated collection of all Capek's mystery stories originally published in Czechslovakia in the late '20s is one of the great works of the mystery genre.

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