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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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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>

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2015

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)

Cronomoto

Cronomoto

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

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.

Que levante mi mano quien crea en la telequinesis

Que levante mi mano quien crea en la telequinesis

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

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.

2 B R O 2 B

2 B R O 2 B

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2015

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.

Timequake

Timequake

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2015

According to Kurt Vonnegut's alter ego, the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur on February 13, 2001, at 2:27 p.m. It will be the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience: Should it go on expanding indefinitely, or collapse and make another great big BANG? For its own cosmic reasons, it decides to back up a decade to 1991, giving the world a 10-year case of deja vu, making everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time. As a character in, and a brilliant chronicler of, this bizarre event, Kurt Vonnegut casts his wicked wit and his unique perspective on life as he lived it and observed it, for more than seventy years.

Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2014

This collection of Kurt Vonneguts most rare and unexamined essays, speeches, fiction, and interviews offers fascinating insight into the mind of the iconic science fiction author and intellectual. With cutting wit, fierce conviction, and surprising empathy, Vonnegut explores a diverse range of topics including society, politics, sex, literature, and mortality. Fans who believe theyve read all of Vonneguts work will be delighted to find the author speaking frankly about timely and relevant new topicswith an amusing yet insightful style thats instantly recognizable.

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

This collection of Vonnegut's letters is the autobiography he never wrote - from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: `Don't let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life'. Peppered with insights, one-liners and missives to the likes of Norman Mailer, Gunter Grass and Bernard Malamud, Vonnegut is funny, wise and modest. As he himself said: `I am an American fad-of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop'. Like Vonnegut's books, his letters make you think, they make you outraged and they make you laugh. Written over a sixty-year period, and never published before, these letters are alive with the unique point of view that made Vonnegut one of the most original writers in American fiction.

Fates Worse Than Death An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s

Fates Worse Than Death An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

This is the second volume of Vonnegut's autobiographical writings - a collage of his own life story, snipped up and stuck down alongside his views on everything from suicidal depression to the future of the planet and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Honest, dark, rambling, funny; this rare glimpse of Vonnegut's soul is a dagger to the heart of Western complacency.

We Are What We Pretend To Be The First and Last Works

We Are What We Pretend To Be The First and Last Works

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2013

Called our finest black-humourist by The Atlantic Monthly , Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Now his first and last works come together for the first time in print, in a collection aptly titled after his famous phrase, We Are What We Pretend To Be . Written to be sold under the pseudonym of Mark Harvey, Basic Training was never published in Vonnegut's lifetime. It appears to have been written in the late 1940s and is therefore Vonnegut's first ever novella. It is a bitter, profoundly disenchanted story that satirizes the military, authoritarianism, gender relationships, parenthood and most of the assumed mid-century myths of the family. Haley Brandon, the adolescent protagonist, comes to the farm of his relative, the old crazy who insists upon being called The General, to learn to be a straight-shooting American. Haley's only means of survival will lead him to unflagging defiance of the General's deranged (but oh so American, oh so military) values. This story and its thirtyish author were no friends of the milieu to which the slick magazines' advertisers were pitching their products. When Vonnegut passed away in 2007, he left his last novel unfinished. Entitled If God Were Alive Today , this last work is a brutal satire on societal ignorance and carefree denial of the world's major problems. Protagonist Gil Berman is a middle-aged college lecturer and self-declared stand-up comedian who enjoys cracking jokes in front of a college audience while societal dependence on fossil fuels has led to the apocalypse. Described by Vonnegut as, the stand-up comedian on Doomsday, Gil is a character formed from Vonnegut's own rich experiences living in a reality Vonnegut himself considered inevitable. p class= MsoNormal Along with the two works of fiction, Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette shares reminiscences about her father and commentary on these two works- both exclusive to this edition. In this fiction collection, published in print for the first time, exist Vonnegut's grand themes: trust no one, trust nothing and the only constants are absurdity and resignation, which themselves cannot protect us from the void but might divert.

La cartera del cretino

La cartera del cretino

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

Disponible para los lectores por primera vez, "e;La cartera del cretino"e; es una coleccion de siete piezas nunca antes publicadas de Kurt Vonnegut, uno de los mas grandes escritores del siglo XX. Sardonicos e inquietantes, estos seis relatos de ficcion, y un pequeno ensayo, son la esencia de Vonnegut, con una satira penetrante y un ojo infalible para la intrascendencia obscena de la vida. Estas historias trazan las vidas humanas y los deseos mundanos, que es precisamente donde la perspectiva inimitable de Vonnegut brilla con fuerza, iluminando su actitud esperanzada y, al mismo tiempo, enormemente triste. Aqui, como en sus mejores novelas, la escritura de Vonnegut nos lleva a los rincones mas oscuros del alma humana y, con ingenio y humor, se las arregla para recordarnos nuestro potencial para ser algo mas grande. El mejor y el ultimo Vonnegut.

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2012

For eight years, big game hunter and war hero Harold Ryan has been presumed dead, lost in the Amazon rainforest while hunting for diamonds. Now he's back, only to find his wife engaged to a hippy doctor and his son transformed into a pampered sissy. Though his hunting trophies remain, an inexplicable birthday cake sits in the living room bearing a strange icing inscription: Happy Birthday Wanda June. Can the household bear the returning force of Harold's machismo? And who on earth is Wanda June?

Kurt Vonnegut on Mark Twain, Lincoln, Imperialist Wars and the Weather

Kurt Vonnegut on Mark Twain, Lincoln, Imperialist Wars and the Weather

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Fates Worse Than Death

Fates Worse Than Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview

Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2012

While Mortals Sleep

While Mortals Sleep

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

While Mortals Sleep is a smart, clear-eyed collection of stories from one of the most original writers in American fiction. Set in trailers, bars and factories, Vonnegut conjures up a world where men and machines, art and artifice, fame and fortune become curiously twisted and characters pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and comically indifferent world. Written early in his career, and never published before, these tightly plotted stories are infused with Vonnegut's distinctive blend of observation, imagination and scabrous humour. This collection features an introduction by Dave Eggers.

2BR02B

2BR02B

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2011

Regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the most accomplished and witty social commentators of the twentieth century, all of Kurt Vonnegut's unique strengths as a writer shine in the short fiction piece 2BR02B. The title is a clever take on Hamlet's famous rhetorical question, "e;To be or not to be?"e; In this brave new world, it's the phone number one calls to schedule an assisted suicide or termination -- both of which are commonplace occurrences in a time when the population is strictly controlled by government mandate.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Benjamin Kunkel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle is an irreverent and highly entertaining fantasy about the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.' Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Will Felix Hoenikker's death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh? Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it . . . '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. You read him with enormous pleasure because he makes your hair stand on end' New York Times 'One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction' Daily Telegraph 'Vonnegut has looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched' J. G. Ballard Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and was followed by The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968); a collection of short stories, Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988), Hocus Pocus (1990) and Timequake (1997). He is also the author of a number of collections of short stories and essays. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2011

Look At the Birdie

Look At the Birdie

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2010

Look at the Birdie evokes a world in which squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town Lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In Confido, a family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention. In Ed Luby's Key Club, a man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town. In Look at the Birdie, a quack psychiatrist turned murder counsellor concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients. The stories are cautionary they also brim with his trademark humour. Wry, ironic, satirical and poignant Look at the Birdie reflects the anxieties of the postwar era in which they were written and provides an insight into the development of Vonnegut's early style

Confido

Confido

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In Confido, a laboratory assistants magical invention promises to put his family on easy street at last. But is a machine that gives voice to our innermost thoughts and unspoken grievances really the key to happinessor a direct line to despair?Confido and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonneguts unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

FUBAR

FUBAR

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

The waters of renewal sometimes course through the unlikeliest of settings. In the short story, ';FUBAR,' we're taken to a desolate building in a drab industrial complex, where a lonely office worker gains a fresh perspective on life thanks to the intervention of his free-spirited new female assistant. ';FUBAR' and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Shout About It from the Housetops

Shout About It from the Housetops

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In Shout About It from the Housetops, an unassuming storm window salesman observes the effects of full disclosure firsthand when he drops in on the towns freshly minted celebrity couplea notorious ladies man and his novelist wife, author of a scandalous bestseller not-so-loosely based on her real marriage.Shout About It from the Housetops and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonneguts unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Ed Luby's Key Club

Ed Luby's Key Club

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In Ed Lubys Key Club, a man on a dinner date with his wife finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare after hes wrongly accused of murder in Ilium, a small town run by one of Al Capones former bodyguardsand rotten to the core with official corruption.Ed Lubys Key Club and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonneguts unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Song for Selma

Song for Selma

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Lincoln High School isn't big enough for two musical prodigiesor is it? When Selma Ritter snoops into the IQ scores of her two teenaged suitors, the numbers don't add up. But there are some aspects of genius that intelligence tests and scales can't measure.A Song for Selma and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In this disquieting tale, the investigation into a string of mysterious disappearances turns surreal for two detectives, when they pay a visit to the home of a celebrated hypnotist. But who will turn the tables on whom when the final spell is cast?Hall of Mirrors and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Nice Little People

Nice Little People

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. A linoleum salesman's plans for a quiet anniversary celebration with his wife get put on hold when he makes an unusual discovery: that knife he picked up on the way home isn't quite what it appears to beand neither is his marriage.The Nice Little People and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Little Drops of Water

Little Drops of Water

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Vonnegut offers a pitch-perfect portrait of a singing instructor cum lothario whose perfectly ordered bachelor lifestyle is thrown into chaos by a jilted chanteuse who won't take "e;Go away"e; for an answerand knows how to turn the force of habit against him.Little Drops of Water and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Honor of a Newsboy

Honor of a Newsboy

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Determined to trip up a murder suspect, a small-town police chief relies on the good word of a scrupulous newspaper delivery boy whose dedication to his craftand to his cowardly fathermay hold the key to cracking the case.The Honor of a Newsboy and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Look at the Birdie (Short Story)

Look at the Birdie (Short Story)

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. How do you plan the perfect murder? Belly up to the bar with Vonnegut's narrator and listen as a self-proclaimed "e;murder counselor"e; outlines his fool-proof program for getting rid of your enemiesand assuring yourself a guaranteed annuity income for life.Look at the Birdie and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

King and Queen of the Universe

King and Queen of the Universe

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In a poignant tale set in the depths of the Great Depression, two children of privilege get a lesson in empathy from a down-and-outer with an unusual plan to prove himself a success in the eyes of his dying mother.King and Queen of the Universe and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Good Explainer

Good Explainer

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Joe Cunningham thinks he's going to Chicago to see a world-renowned specialist and find out why he and his wife can't have kids. But the explanation the doctor provides is as unwelcome as it is unexpected. The Good Explainer and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Petrified Ants

Petrified Ants

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Vonnegut explores the relationship between sciences pursuit of truth and the states need to control it in The Petrified Ants, a darkly whimsical story about two Soviet researchers who stumble upon an amazing discovery, only to learn that natural history is also written by the hand that wields the power. The Petrified Ants and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonneguts unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.Other stories from Look at the Birdie available as single-story e-books:On sale August 25, 2009Hello, RedOn sale October 20, 2009:ConfidoFUBARShout About It from the HousetopsEd Luby's Key ClubA Song for SelmaHall of MirrorsThe Nice Little PeopleLittle Drops of WaterThe Honor of a NewsboyLook at the Birdie (Short Story)King and Queen of the UniverseThe Good Explainer

Hello, Red

Hello, Red

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2009

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in postWorld War II Americaa world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Hello, Red is a sharply observed homecoming tale in which embittered merchant sailor Red Mayo returns to his small town after nine years at sea. There he confronts the man who ended up marrying the only woman Red ever lovedand stakes a claim on a certain something he left behind. Hello, Red and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonneguts unique voice had been stilled foreverand provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.Other stories from Look at the Birdie available as single-story e-books:On sale September 29, 2009:The Petrified AntsOn sale October 20, 2009:ConfidoFUBARShout About It from the HousetopsEd Luby's Key ClubA Song for SelmaHall of MirrorsThe Nice Little PeopleLittle Drops of WaterThe Honor of a NewsboyLook at the Birdie (Short Story)King and Queen of the UniverseThe Good Explainer

Armageddon in Retrospect

Armageddon in Retrospect

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity's tendency towards violence. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral non-fiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden - to a painfully funny short story about three soldiers and their fantasies of the perfect meal.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2008

One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation Experiment. Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it. Solution. Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker's death-wish comes true when his last, fatal, gift to mankind brings about an end that, for all of us, is nigh.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

With his trademark dry wit, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle is an inventive science fiction satire that preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon - and, worse still, surviving it. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Benjamin Kunkel. Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding 'fathers' of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to humanity. For he is the inventor of ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. Writer Jonah's search for his whereabouts leads him to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to an island republic in the Caribbean where the absurd religion of Bokononism is practised, to love and to insanity. Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction is a frightening and funny satire on the end of the world and the madness of mankind. Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was born in Indianapolis. During the Second World War he was a prisoner in Germany and present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience he recounted in his famous novel Slaughterhouse Five (1969). His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, including The Sirens of Titan, Jailbird, Deadeye Dick, Galapagos and Hocus Pocus. If you enjoyed Cat's Cradle, you might like Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction' Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph 'A free-wheeling vehicle ... An unforgettable ride!' The New York Times 'Vonnegut looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched' J.G. Ballard

A Man without a Country

A Man without a Country

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

This is vintage Vonnegut - hilariously funny and razor-sharp as he fixes his gaze on art, politics, himself and the condition of the soul of America today. Written over the last five years in the form of a loose memoir, A Man without a Country is an intimate and tender communication to us all, sometimes despairing, always searching and ultimately wise and compassionate.

Bagombo Snuff Box Uncollected Short Fiction

Bagombo Snuff Box Uncollected Short Fiction

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

New York, 1950. A young PR man working at General Electric sold his first magazine piece. By the time he'd sold his third, he decided to quit his job and join the likes of Salinger, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and make a living as a full-time writer. That young man was Kurt Vonnegut. Bagombo Snuff Box collects Vonnegut's favourite stories from the postwar years that sharpened his dark, vaudevillian and quietly subversive voice. Here we see the mind-bending wit and central themes of his masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five. A must-read for Vonnegut aficionados new and old.

The Sirens Of Titan

The Sirens Of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/1999

When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spaceship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every fifty-nine days and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will be. He knows, for instance, that his wife is going to Mars to mate with Malachi Constant, the richest man in the world. He also knows that on Titan - one of Saturn's moons - is an alien from the planet Tralfamadore, who has been waiting 200,000 years for a spare part for his grounded spacecraft ...

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/1999

Mother Night

Mother Night

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/1999

Slaughter House Five

Slaughter House Five

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/1998

Sirens of Titan

Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/1998

Timequake

Timequake

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/1998

According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will - not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.

Welcome To The Monkey House and Palm Sunday An Autobiographical Collage

Welcome To The Monkey House and Palm Sunday An Autobiographical Collage

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/1994

A diabolical government asserts control by eliminating orgasms from sex in the title story of Welcome to the Monkey House - setting the tone for a collection shot through with Vonnegut's acrid wit, and his bewilderment at the corruption of humanity. From riffs on country music, George Bush, and his mother's midnight mania, to a bittersweet tribute to a dead friend, Palm Sunday demonstrates why Kurt Vonnegut is equally well known as an essayist and commentator as he is a novelist. This caustic, funny and poignant collection resonates with Vonnegut's singular voice.

God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/1992

Eliot Rosewater is tortured by a fabulous inheritance he feels he does not deserve, so he devotes himself to drink, and to a life serving the dull, the ugly, the irrelevant and the useless. This is a novel about the pleasures, pains and perversions of people and money. It is the story of a millionaire's lunacy, the obsessions of a famous family and the collective madness of a nation.

Jailbird

Jailbird

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/1992

Pay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one sent him to Harvard. Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy-five sent him to prison for his part in the American political scandals known collectively as 'Watergate'. Now Walter F. Starbuck is coming out of jail, into the brave new world of 1980s Manhattan, and this is the story of his first twenty-four hours of freedom.

Mother Night

Mother Night

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/1992

Whilst awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison, Howard W. Campbell Jr sets down his memoirs on an old German typewriter. He has used such a typewriter before, when he worked as a Nazi propagandist under Goebbels. Though that was before he agreed to become a spy for US military. Is Howard guilty? Can a black or white verdict ever be reached in a world that's a gazillion shades of grey?

Breakfast Of Champions

Breakfast Of Champions

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/1992

In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.

Slapstick or Lonesome No More

Slapstick or Lonesome No More

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/1991

Manhattan has become the Island of Death. The former President of the United States stands barefoot in a purple toga around a cooking fire in the lobby of the Empire State Building. He is Dr Wilbur Daffodil-II Swain and Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is his story - one of monstrous twins, orgies, revenge, golf, utopian schemes, and very little tooth brushing. In this post-apocalyptic black comedy - dedicated to Laurel and Hardy - Vonnegut is at his most hilarious, grotesque, and personal.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/1991

Eugene Debs Hartke, ex-Vietnam vet, ex-college professor, current inmate of Tarkington State Reformatory, awaits his trial and probable death from TB. How did he get there? Via numerous absurd twists of fate which he now narrates on scraps of paper found about the place. Killer of men, romancer of women, compulsive list-maker, Eugene is just one more victim of the world's hocus pocus.

Slaughterhouse 5 The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Slaughterhouse 5 The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/1991

Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller - these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

Galapagos

Galapagos

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/1990

The human survivors of the nature cruise of the century, are quietly evolving into sleek, furry creatures with flippers and small brains. All other forms of humankind have ceased to exist, made redundant by their prized big brains. From the author of Slaughterhouse 5.

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