(Hedy Weiss’s article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, 5/27.)
Karel Capek, the Czech writer who, along with Franz Kafka, may have been one of the most prescient artists of the early 20th century (he also is credited with inventing the term "robot"), died of natural causes in 1938 at age 48. Had he lived even a few years longer, he would have been swallowed up in a Nazi concentration camp. Unquestionably he saw the catastrophe looming over Europe.
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