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Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. He studied biochemistry and anthropology at Cornell University, but his education was interrupted by the Second World War. He was a PoW in Dresden during the infamous firebombing of the city. Upon return to the US, he started writing, publishing his first SF story in 1950. Player Piano was his first SF novel, published in 1952. He gained popularity during the 1960s with novels such as God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965). After publishing his novel Hocus Pocus in 1990, he retired as a writer, declaring that he had nothing more to say â€“ that is until 1997 when he wrote Timequake.
From the author of Slaughterhouse 5. In Rabo Karabekian's fictional autobiography, Vonnegut creates an impeccably funny satirical piece, through the reflections of a seventy-one-year-old man.
Rudy Waltz hasn't had it easy. After accidentally committing manslaughter at the age of twelve, the traumas life continued to throw at him seemed almost inconsequential. Now fifty-four, an expat living in Haiti, he's reliving the harrowing moments of his life that have left him in his current disillusioned state. But perhaps his ancestors, among them a father who was an unwitting patron of Adolf Hitler, have predestined him for the mad life he's lead. In Deadeye Dick Vonnegut expertly probes the ties between generations, and questions the conventional notions of morality. 'Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer ... a zany but moral mad scientist' Time 'The master at his quirky, provocative best' Cosmopolitan
50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. For many years, Kurt tried to write about Dresden but the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books every written, and an enduring American classic. This special edition is published with notes of appreciation from some of the book's ardent fans (Kate Atkinson, Richard Herring, Robin Ince) as well as fascinating extra material from Vonnegut's archive which casts light on the genesis, reception and enduring influence of an iconic American classic. Design (c) DIEGO BECAS
2 B R 0 2 B is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "e;2 B R naught 2 B"e;, referencing the famous phrase "e;to be, or not to be"e; from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from his short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House. The setting is a society in which aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite lifespans, and population control is used to limit the population of the United States to forty million. This is maintained through a combination of infanticide and government-assisted suicide - in short, in order for someone to be born, someone must first volunteer to die. As a result, births are few and far between, and deaths occur primarily by accident.
2 B R 0 2 B is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut. The title is pronounced "e;2 B R naught 2 B"e;, referencing the famous phrase "e;to be, or not to be"e; from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from his short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House. The setting is a society in which aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite lifespans, and population control is used to limit the population of the United States to forty million. This is maintained through a combination of infanticide and government-assisted suicide - in short, in order for someone to be born, someone must first volunteer to die. As a result, births are few and far between, and deaths occur primarily by accident.
<p>The <i>Selected Works of Kurt Vonnegut</i> is a collection of noteworthy science-fiction titles penned by a beloved American author. Considered by most to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, Kurt Vonneguts works offers profound insight into the human condition with words of charm and wit steeped in the rhythms of the everyday and in the extraordinary. <br>This collection includes two of his acclaimed novels, <i>Cats Cradle </i>and <i>Galapagos</i>, rounded off by two short stories, <i>The Big Trip Up Yonder</i> and <i>Unready to Wear</i>. In <i>Cats Cradle</i>, Kurt Vonneguts fourth novel published in 1963 that explores themes including religion, technology and science with a satirical eye. <i>Galapagos</i> is Vonneguts meditation on Darwinism, fate, and the essential irrelevance of the human condition. In <i>The Big Trip Up Yonder</i>, Kurt Vonnegut asks what would happen to human society if there was no death? In Kurt Vonneguts world, immortality isnt exactly the gift its cracked up to be. <i>Unready to Wear </i>takes readers to the far future, where humanity has evolved to the point that the "e;spirit"e; can transcend the body. But theres a cultural backlash from those who want to return to the bodyand believe the spirit should stay there.</p>
Unul dintre cei mai de seama romancieri americani contemporani."e; - (Graham Greene)Teribil de amuzant... La fel de bun precum cele mai bune romane ale sale, LeagA nul pisicii, Abatorul cinci..."e; - (John Irving)Un adevA rat triumf. Probabil cel mai bun dintre romanele sale."e; - (Joseph Heller)Romanul cel mai actual, cel mai realist din cte a scris Vonnegut. Un mare scriitor satiric E i un moralist pus pe E otii."e; - (The New York Times)Vonnegut este George Orwell, doctorul Caligari E i Flash Gordon, amestecaE i laolaltA ntr-un singur scriitor - un savant dement, caraghios, dar de o naltA E inutA eticA ."e; - (Time)
El "e;Cronomoto"e; es una sacudida en el tiempo, un fenomeno de perturbacion en la linea temporal descrito por Kilgore Trout, personaje y a la vez alter ego del propio autor. Este fenomeno se configura como una mezcla, como una ensonacion y un deseo, como una excusa. Novela? Falsa autobiografia? Vonnegut se apoya en el temblor de tiempo para ocuparse de algunos temas que considera fundamentales: el libre albedrio, la familia extensa como base de la felicidad social, el rechazo frontal a la violencia, la busqueda de un ideario sencillo y realizable para lograr una existencia razonablemente placentera y el amor, sobre todo el amor, como eje de todas y cada una de las actividades humanas. "e;Cronomoto"e; es un collage de anecdotas, fragmentos de relatos, recuerdos, impresiones personales.
El presente volumen consta de nueve discursos ineditos, siete de ellos dirigidos a estudiantes universitarios en dias de dichosa graduacion. Es este un genero muy peculiar de la oratoria norteamericana que ha dado lugar a piezas memorables adornadas con nobles sentimientos, recuerdos edificantes y melifluos elixires emitidos por autoridades de intachable prestigio moral o intelectual. El autor de 'Matadero Cinco' tambien gozaba de una excelente reputacion, pero el mismo se encargaba de sabotearla para ejercer un magisterio terrestre, coloquial, benevolo y satirico (cuando llegaba la hora de los dardos). Los parlamentos aqui reunidos y la guinda que los corona son Vonnegut en estado puro: la quintaesencia de su tono, la campante sublimacion de sus estacazos, la polvora de su estilo y el filo de un estilete rematado por la punta con un florilegio de agudezas que servira de postre para la meditacion cogitabunda. O sea: Kurt al cuadrado y, en ocasiones, al cubo. Si "e;el cuerdo parece un chiflado cuando la sociedad enloquece"e;, este libro es la muestra mas acabada de una cordura lunatica.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions. 2 B R 0 2 B is a satiric short story that imagines life (and death) in a future world where aging has been cured and population control is mandated and administered by the government.