The fanciful scenario of War With the Newts allows Capek to take satirical look at everything from corporate greed to rich American tourists. He describes responses to the Newts by politicians, big business, churches, communists, educational reformers, militarists, scientists, the League of Nations, organised labour, learned societies, racists, lawyers, and every other handy target for satire. This is mostly lighthearted, but has a dark undercurrent in places, reflecting the clouds looming over Europe when Capek was writing: perhaps the most disturbing section is a report from a German scientist carrying out murderous experiments on Newt subjects. War With the Newts is entertaining but, first published in 1936, it is also a penetrating dissection of the late 1930s.
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