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Tales from Two Pockets

Tales from Two Pockets

(1932)
A collection of stories by

 
Publisher's Weekly
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. In 48 gripping short works, Capek ( War with the Newts ) proves that he had not only mastered the plot and mood necessary for good suspense but that he was able to take his mysteries to philosophical heights few in the genre aspire to. His stories deconstruct the very suppositions that make crime fiction plausible by calling into question the reliance of the typical literary detective on the powers of deduction and the moral correctness of human judgment. Thus the title character of ''The Adventures of a Breach-of-Promise Con Man'' turns out to be more honorable than the detective pursuing him; the man asked to judge a murderess in ''The Juror'' discovers that his entire society is on trial; and in the book's most surreal story, ''The Last Judgment,'' God himself leaves the eternal fate of a multiple murderer in the hands of a human court, claiming that ''Because I know everything, I can't possibly judge.'' In their dissection of truth and our capacity for judgment, the dilemmas in Capek's work are not always resolved, or are solved incidentally. These haunting, parable-like works reconfirm Capek's standing as one of Czechoslovakia's most intellectually piercing literary voices. Illustrations not seen by PW . (July)

Library Journal
Known primarily by English-speaking readers as the author of the science fiction play R.U.R., the late Czech author Capek also wrote numerous short stories and novels. The present collection of mystery stories, which includes several previously untranslated tales, is simply delightful. All 48 tales deal with the twin questions of truth and justice, so that while they really are ''detective'' fiction, the approach is generally philosophical. Capek was also a first-rate observer of human nature whose personal interest in various activities is reflected in his writings. Altogether, the tales make for entertaining, intriguing reading and are absolutely essential for any short story collection.-Sister M. Anna Falbo, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 1967 : UK Hardback
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-04-823004-9 / 978-0-04-823004-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel apek
ISBN: 1-4474-5990-3 / 978-1-4474-5990-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Smith Press
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May 1994 : USA Paperback
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-945774-25-7 / 978-0-945774-25-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Catbird Press
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August 1967 : UK Paperback
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel Capek
ISBN: 0-04-823005-7 / 978-0-04-823005-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel apek
Publisher: Smith Press
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June 1994 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel Capek
Publisher: Catbird Press
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June 1994 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Tales from Two Pockets
Author(s): Karel Capek
Publisher: Catbird Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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