Kategoria: Poezja i dramat Język: angielski Rok wydania: 1921

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Opis ebooka R.U.R. - Karel Čapek

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. It premiered in 1921 and is famous for having introduced and popularized the term robot.

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Fragment ebooka R.U.R. - Karel Čapek


About Čapek:

Karel Čapek (January 9, 1890 – December 25, 1938) was one of the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century. He introduced and made popular the frequently used international word robot, which first appeared in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1921. Karel credited his brother, Josef Čapek, as the true inventor of the word robot. Čapek was born in Malé Svatoňovice, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic).

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(Rossum’s Universal Robots)


A play in introductory scene and three acts



Translated into English by David Wyllie




Harry Domin: Director General, Rossum’s Universal Robots

Fabry: Technical Director, R.U.R.

Dr. Gall: Head of Physiology and Research Department, R.U.R.

Dr. Hallemeier: Head of Institute for Robot Psychology and Behaviour,  R.U.R

Busman: Commercial Director, R.U.R.

Alquist: Head of Construction, R.U.R.

Nana: Her Nanny

Marius: Robot

Sulla: Robot, female

Radius: Robot

Damon: Robot

1st Robot

2nd Robot

3rd Robot

4th Robot

Primus: Robot

Helena: Robot, female


Robot servant

and numerous robots


Domin: in introductory scene, about thirty-eight years old, tall, clean shaven

Fabry: also clean shaven, fair, serious and delicate features

Dr. Gall: light build, lively, dark complexion and black moustache

Hallemeier: heavy build, noisy, big ginger moustache and ginger shock of hair

Busman: fat, bald, short-sighted Jew

Alquist: older than the others, dressed without care, long grey hair and beard

Helena: very elegant


In the play proper, all ten years older.


In the introductory scene, the robots are dressed like people.  They are slightly mechanical in their speech and movements, blank of expression, fixed in their gaze.  In the play proper they wear linen blouses seized at the waist with a  belt and on their breasts wear a brass number


Intervals after the introductory scene and the second act.