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The Gardener\'s Year

The Gardener's Year

(1931)
A novel by

 
From the internationally acclaimed Czech writer Karel Capek comes this beautifully written and marvelously apt account of the trials and tribulations of the gardener's life. First published in Prague in 1929, The Gardener's Year combines a richly comic portrait of life in the garden, narrated month by month, with a series of delightful illustrations by the author's older brother and collaborator, Josef. Capek's gardeners—all too human, despite their lofty aspirations—often look the fool, whether they be found sopping wet, victims of the cobralike water hose, or hunched over, hands immersed in the soil, "presenting their rumps to the splendid azure sky." In their repeated folly, Capek gives us not only cause for laughter but also, in the end, "testimony of the imperishable and miraculous optimism of the human race."

This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a New York Times editorialist and the author of Making Hay and The Last Fine Time.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-8264-7461-6 / 978-0-8264-7461-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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January 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 1-870626-69-9 / 978-1-870626-69-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Claridge Press
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September 1984 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-299-10020-0 / 978-0-299-10020-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Paperback Editions

March 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-8264-8625-8 / 978-0-8264-8625-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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February 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: The Gardener's Year (Modern Library Gardening)
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-375-75948-4 / 978-0-375-75948-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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August 1984 : USA Paperback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-299-10024-3 / 978-0-299-10024-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: The University of Wisconsin Press
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September 1966 : UK Paperback
Title: The Gardener's Year
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-04-635001-2 / 978-0-04-635001-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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