War with the Newts by Karel Čapek

War with the Newts (Válka s mloky in the original Czech), also translated as War with the Salamanders, is a 1936 satirical science fiction novel by Czech author Karel Čapek. It concerns the discovery in the Pacific of a sea-dwelling race, an intelligent breed of newts, who are initially enslaved and exploited. They acquire human knowledge and rebel, leading to a global war for supremacy. There are obvious similarities to Čapek's earlier R.U.R., but also some original themes. War with the Newts was described as a "classic work" of science fiction by science fiction author and critic Damon Knight. War With The Newts is acclaimed by many as the first dystopian novel, and is today still considered by many as the best book of science fiction ever written. For many years the novel was hard to obtain, and earlier copies have been known to sell for over one hundred dollars.

The 1355th greatest fiction book of all time


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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
War with the Newts (European Classics) Paperback 2102459 $22.95 $7.80 1996
War with the Newts Mass Market Paperback 14934997 $5.00
War with the Newts Kindle Edition 638616 $3.99 2021
The War with the Newts Hardcover 912667 $21.99 $32.99 2012
War with the Newts Paperback 118159 $32.99 $2.09 1990
R.U.R.: War with the Newts Paperback 1123565 $9.80 $9.73 2011
The War With the Newts Paperback 1705229 $19.70 $18.99 2011
The War with the Newts Paperback 1386630 $7.99 $19.00 2014
War With The Newts Mass Market Paperback 2522103 $66.18 $15.99 1976
War With the Newts (English and Czech Edition) Hardcover 5835628 $5,001.00 1976
War With the Newts Paperback 6589378 $3.25
War with the Newts Kindle Edition 223036 2015
War with the newts (The Gregg Press science fiction series) Hardcover 11846137 $50.00
War with the newts, Hardcover 12251992 $55.00
The War with the Newts Paperback 1530477 $12.54 $19.98 2015
War with the newts, Hardcover 13474152 $44.95