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Kurt Vonnegut - Author

About the Author

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 – that is until 1997 when he wrote Timequake.
 

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Love, Kurt

Love, Kurt

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview

Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2020

Slaughterhouse 5

Slaughterhouse 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2020

MOST LOVED. MOST RED. Ten must-read modern classics. 'So it goes.' Billy Pilgrim - hapless barber's assistant, successful optometrist, alien abductee, senile widower and soldier - has become unstuck in time. Hiding in the basement of a slaughterhouse in Dresden, with the city and its inhabitants burning above him, he finds himself a survivor of one of the most deadly and destructive battles of the Second World War. But when, exactly? How did he get here? And how does he get out? Travel through time and space on the shoulders of Vonnegut himself. This is a book about war. Listen to what he has to say: it is of the utmost urgency.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

'Vonnegut looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched' J. G. Ballard This bitterly funny Cold War satire on the end of the world expresses our deepest fears of Armageddon, and has become a counter-culture classic. 'A satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion' Jay McInerney 'The closest thing we had to a Voltaire' Tom Wolfe 'The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting' The New York Times

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Bluebeard

Bluebeard

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

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.

Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

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

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Sam H Sloan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2019

Slaughterhouse 5

Slaughterhouse 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2019

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

2 B R 0 2 B

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories

Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2017

2 B R 0 2 B | The Pink Classics

2 B R 0 2 B | The Pink Classics

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Sheba Blake Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

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

2 B R 0 2 B

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Sheba Blake Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2017

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.

Sun Moon Star

Sun Moon Star

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2016

Selected Works of Kurt Vonnegut

Selected Works of Kurt Vonnegut

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2016

<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>

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