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Letters from England

De (autor) Roger Scruton Traducere de Geoffrey Newsome
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en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – 2004

Karel Capek's 'Letters from England' have established themselves as masterpieces of observation. The letters and drawings are humorous, insightful and imbued by a profound humanity. They convey a bemused admiration for England and the English. First published in the nineteen twenties in Lidovc Noviny, the Czechoslovak national newspaper, Capek's Letters from England quickly established themselves as masterpieces of observation, and classics of modern Czech prose. The letters described Europe's oldest democracy for the benefit of the citizens of Europe's newest, and Capek was acutely aware of the deep-down affinity between his countrymen and the English. The same understated humour, the same unflappability, the same quiet search for peace, home and comfort, the same love of nature and animals, served to unite the two people, both then and now. Shortly after Letters from England appeared, Czechoslovakia was betrayed by Britain at Munich, and handed over to Hitler. Capek died shortly afterwards of a broken heart. The book was promptly banned by the Nazis, and published by the exile press, with an English translation by Paul Selver, in London. It was again published in Czechoslovakia in 1946, but, after a brief period, was banned again by the communists. This is a completely new English translation. Letters from England, timely when it first appeared, is yet more timely today, when the English need to be reminded of qualities that once were a source of pride to themselves and admiration to others.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780826484857
ISBN-10: 0826484859
Pagini: 192
Dimensiuni: 122 x 182 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Ediția: Revised
Editura: Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Karel Capek was a Czech novelist and playwright of international and enduring fame. Among his other works are The Life of Insects, Hordubal, and Nine Fairy Tales. Geoffrey Newsome is the author of the Czech textbook Correct Those Mistakes.

Recenzii

"'They don't make writers like that any more.' - Sunday Telegraph; 'His thoughts and descriptions remain fresh and provocative.' - New Statesman; 'To Capek, the English were odder than they knew. No one could have made a more charming study of their insularity' - Country Life"