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Tales from Two Pockets (read 11/11/07) Recommended

Capek is a popular Czech writer/journalist (1890-1938). The short stories in this book are typical crime stories of the beginning of the 20th century — crimes solved by deductive reasoning. Very silly stuff (as much in this genre from that period can be) but interesting view of social mores in eastern Europe between WWI and WWII. Jews = bankers/outsiders; authoritarian rule; coercive questioning — all presented as normal and natural; belief in “criminal nature” which can be revealed by handwriting, etc.