Folio Archives 194: Tales From Two Pockets by Karel Capek 1962

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Folio Archives 194: Tales From Two Pockets by Karel Capek 1962

Nov 26, 2020, 10:45 pm

Tales From Two Pockets by Karel Capek 1962

The British have one form of humour, the Americans another, and the Australians their own peculiar deprecatory sense of humour. To some extent, most of us are familiar with these different types, but very few of us will be familiar with the Czech sense of humour or intrigue. This fascinating book gives one insight into this deficit.

Writing in 1926, Karel Capek’s collection of 26 short stories (most are only six to ten pages long) are fascinating in the classic short story format, where the twist comes in the last paragraph, or humorous enough to leave us smiling as we cannot stop moving onto the next tale. Capek originally wrote these stories over the period of a year for a newspaper. They cover, crime, intrigue, love and of course amusing circumstances. The stories are evenly divided between One Pocket and The Other Pocket, which were initially published as separate books.

There are eleven simple line drawings by Karel Svolinsky scattered throughout the book, placed within the story they illustrate.

The book has been translated from the Czech by Paul Selver, who has also written a four page introduction.

The endleaves are flecked pale blue, the top page edges are stained dark red, and there are x + 213 pages in the book. It is bound in mid-blue cloth blocked with a wrap-around line drawing in black by Svolinsky. The slipcase is mottled swirls of grey and pink and measures 21.2x14.2cm.

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Nov 27, 2020, 5:41 am

I had no idea Folio did anything by Capek! Too bad they never got around to War with the Newts...

Nov 27, 2020, 6:11 am

>1 wcarter:

I've had this for many years. You've inspired me to read it, finally. And as I've just finished another book of short stories, "Mr Campion and Others", I'll make it my bedtime book and start on it tonight.

Nov 27, 2020, 3:31 pm

Still waiting for "War with the Newts", alas.

Nov 27, 2020, 7:24 pm

Just my sort of Folio, full bound in cloth in an attractive yet simple design, wonderful illustrations and a perfect reading size. More like this please!

Nov 29, 2020, 4:40 am

Odd - no pictures have come up on this thread. Just me?

Nov 29, 2020, 5:30 am

No, here as well.

Nov 29, 2020, 5:44 am

the photos were there yesterday!

Nov 29, 2020, 5:45 am

>6 Willoyd: I see them

Nov 29, 2020, 5:45 am

Pictures have disappeared. They were there last Friday.

Nov 29, 2020, 6:01 am

I think the site I use to post high definition photos, Postimage, went down for some reason. Pictures should reappear shortly when they sort this out, although there may not be any techs readily available on a Sunday.

Nov 29, 2020, 6:19 am

Yes, back

Nov 29, 2020, 9:14 am

>12 ranbarnes: Yes me too. Good to see!