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2 B R 0 2 B (Sheba Blake Classics)

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2 B R 0 2 B is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut. The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" 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.fi

2 B R 0 2 B

2 B R 0 2 B Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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2 B R 0 2 B' is a short story by renowned science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut. The title is pronounced as "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing to the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. 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.

2BR02B

2BR02B Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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2BR02B is a satiric short story that imagines life & death in a future world where aging has been "cured" & population control is mandated and administered by the government.

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2br02b Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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Through the progress of science, human lifespans have been extended indefinitely, leading the government to enact strict rules to keep the earth’s population under control. So when Edward K. Wehling, Jr. finds out that he and his wife are expecting triplets, he has to find a way to meet the nearly impossible birth requirements for each of his three unborn children. “2 B R 0 2 B,” pronounced “to be or not to be,” is an intentional reference to the famous line in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The short story was originally published in the Worlds of IF Science Fiction magazine and is referenced by author Kurt Vonnegut in his later novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

2BR02B

2BR02B Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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Per contenere i rischi della sovrappopolazione mondiale, in una distopica Chicago del futuro prossimo il visionario dottor Hitz ha istituito i primi "Uffici Federali di Terminazione", al fine di promuovere il suicidio, regolare le nascite e realizzare un mondo magnifico di pace e prosperità. Non tutti però concordano con il nobile fine del dottore.

2BR02B

2BR02B Pdf/ePub eBook Author: 커트 보니것,위즈덤커넥트
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◎ 진열 분야 소설 > SF/환타지 소설 > 영미소설 ◎ 책 소개 인간의 노화와 치명적인 질병들에 대한 치료법인 개발된 세계. 인류 전체의 인구를 철저히 통제되고 조절된다. 우리에게 낯선 규칙이 한 가지 있다면, 한 사람이 태어나기 위해서는 한 사람이 죽어야 한다는 것이다. 그리고 세 쌍둥이의 출산을 기다리는 아빠가 여기에 있다. 그는 세 사람의 몫의 죽음을 어디에서 구할 수 있을 것인가? 커트 보니것은 이른 바 '순수 SF 작가'이면서 동시에 미국 현대 소설의 거장으로 추앙되는 작가이다. 문학적 성취와 상업적 성공에 있어서, 아이작 아시모프나 로저 젤라즈니가 그의 수준에 근접한다. 원고지 60매 정도의 단편 소설에서 보니것은 우리의 상상력을 자극하는 유토피아/디스토피아적인 미래를 펼쳐 놓는다. 끝까지 휴머니스트로 남고자 한 작가의 블랙 유머의 세계를 들여다 볼 수 있는 소설이다. ◎ 목차 표지 본문 저자 및 시리즈 소개 copyrights ◎ 추천평 "흥미로운 소설. 보니것의 작품은 이것이 처음이었는데, 내 아들이 보니것을 좋아하는 이유를 알게 되었다. 인구 통제에 대한 짧은 이야기이다. 한 명의 아이가 태어나기 위해서는 한 명의 자원자가 죽어야 한다. 세 쌍둥이의 출산을 앞두고 있는 아빠의 머리 속에서 어떤 생각들이 지나쳐 갈 지 상상해보라! 즐거운 읽었지만, 나로 하여금 여러 가지를 생각하게 만든 소설이었다. 보니것의 다른 작품도 읽어 볼 필요가 있다는 생각이 든다." - Just Me, 아마존 독자 리뷰 "생각을 자극하는 이야기. 다시 커트 보니것이다. 이 이야기에서, 우리는 '완벽한 미국'의 모습을 볼 수 있다. '모든 것이 평화롭고, 교도소도 슬럼도 미친 정신병원도, 장애자도, 전쟁도 없다.' 미국의 인구는 4,000만명 수준에서 안정적으로 유지된다. - 1870년대의 인구 규모 또는 현재 인구의 10분의 1 수준의 인구이다. (중략) 이 이야기는 확실히 짧은 분량의 소설이다. 저녁 식사 후의 여흥으로 즐길만한 분량이다. 다만 이야기가 완료되는 결말 부분에서 약간의 시간을 두도록. 이야기를 다시 읽거나 결말 부분을 정독하는 것이 좋을 것이다. 실망하지 않을 소설이다." - Allison, 아마존 독자 리뷰 ◎ 미리 보기 모든 것이 완벽했다. 감옥도, 슬럼가도, 미친 정신병원도, 장애자도, 가난도, 전쟁도 없는 세상이다. 모든 질병이 정복되었다. 노화 역시 정복되었다. 사소한 사고들을 제외하면, 죽음이란 그것을 자원하는 자들의 몫이었다. 미국의 인구는 4억에서 안정적으로 유지되고 있었다. 어느 화창한 날, 시카고의 산부인과 병원에서 '에드워드 K 웰링 주니어'라는 이름의 남자가, 자신의 아내가 해산하는 것을 기다리고 있었다. 그가 대기실 안에 있는 유일한 사람이었다. 아기들이 많이 태어나지 않는 시대였다. 웰링은 55세였다. 평균 연령이 129세인 인구 분포로 볼 때 그는 젊은 편에 속했다. 검사 결과, 그의 아내는 세 쌍둥이를 해산할 예정이었다. 이 아이들이 웰링의 첫 번째 아이들이었다. 그는 의자에 깊숙이 몸을 묻고, 손으로 머리를 감싸 안았다. 그는 너무 흐트러져 있고, 생기를 잃고, 미동조차 않았기 때문에 거의 눈에 띄지 않았다. 대기실 역시 너무나 흐트러지고 우울한 분위기였기 때문에, 그가 눈에 띄지 않는다는 것이 너무 자연스러웠다. 의자와 탁자 등은 모두 벽으로부터 거리를 두고 있었다. 바닥에는 페인트 방울을 막기 위한 덮개천이 깔려 있었다. 병원은 새롭게 꾸며지고 있었다. 자살을 하기로 결정한 어떤 남자를 기념하기 위한 재 단장이었다. 냉소적인 표정의 남자가 사다리 위에 걸터 앉아 벽화를 색칠하고 있었다. 그 남자는 자신의 벽화가 마음에 들지 않는다는 표정이었다. 예전처럼 사람들이 외모로 나이를 먹어가던 시절이라면 서른 다섯 살 정도로 보일만한 남자였다. 노화에 대한 치료법이 개발되기 전에 그는 그 정도 나이였을 것이다. 그 남자가 그리는 벽화는 매우 깔끔한 정원을 묘사한 것이었다. 하얀 색 옷을 입은 남자와 여자들, 의사와 간호사들이 땅을 갈고, 씨를 뿌리고, 방충제를 뿌리고, 비료를 주고 있었다. 보라색 유니폼을 입은 사람들이 잡초를 뽑고, 늙은 나무를 베고, 낙엽을 모으고, 지저분한 것들을 소각로로 옮기고 있었다. 중세 네덜란드식 정원이나 전통적인 일본식 정원과도 비교되기 힘들 만큼 깔끔하고 잘 가꿔진 정원이었다. 식물 하나 하나에 적당한 토양과 수분, 빛, 비료, 공기가 공급되도록 설계된 정원의 모습이었다. 병원 직원 한 명이 복도를 걸어 오면서 나지막한 소리로 유행하는 노래를 흥얼거렸다. 당신이 내 키스를 원하지 않는다면, 나는 이것을 할거야: 보라색 옷을 입은 소녀를 찾아가야지. 그리고 이 슬픈 세상에 안녕을 고해야지. 당신이 내 사랑을 원하지 않는다면, 나는 이것을 할거야: 내가 왜 이 세상의 자리를 차지하고 살아야 할까? 나처럼 늙은 식물을 뽑아 버려야지. 사랑스러운 아기가 내 대신 살 수 있도록 해야지. (1-2 페이지) Sci Fan 시리즈 Sci Fan 시리즈는, Science Fiction + Fantasy 의 조합을 추구하는 대중 문학 총서입니다. 2015년 4월부터 발간을 시작하여, 고전 SF, 어드벤처, 역사, 공포 소설 등 과거에는 대중 문학으로 읽혔으나, 지금은 클래식이라 할 수 있는 소설과 문학 쟝르를 발굴하여 읽기 쉬운 편집과 문체로 제공하는 것을 지향 하고 있습니다. 가벼운 마음으로 선택할 수 있는 합리적인 구성과 가격, 분량의 Sci Fan 시리즈는 계속됩니다. 출간 (예정) 목록 - 브레인 체이서_알렉산더 베리야프 - 헌터 패트롤_존 맥과이어 - 모든 고양이는 회색이다_안드레이 노튼 - 2BR02B_커트 보니것 2015년 10월까지 12종 이상의 소설을 출간하는 계획을 가지고 있습니다.

2BR02B

2BR02B Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegan Jr.
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Em uma sociedade que não existe o envelhecimento, os indivíduos têm expectativa de vida indefinida e o controle populacional é usado para limitar a população dos Estados Unidos a quarenta milhões, o que é mantido por meio de uma combinação de infanticídio e suicídio assistido pelo governo. Em suma, para que alguém nasça, primeiro alguém deve se apresentar como voluntário para morrer. Como resultado, os nascimentos são poucos e distantes entre si, e as mortes ocorrem principalmente por acidente.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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“[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—The New York Times Book Review Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation—is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to. “A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything.”—Conrad Aiken “[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—The Atlantic Monthly

Mother Night

Mother Night Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—Time Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all. “A great artist.”—Cincinnati Enquirer “A shaking up in the kaleidoscope of laughter . . . Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal

Grave Predictions

Grave Predictions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stephen King,Greg Bear,Ramsey Campbell,Joe R. Lansdale,Carmen Maria Machado,Mark Samuels,Erica L. Satifka,Brian Stableford,Ray Bradbury,Arthur C. Clarke,W.E.B. Du Bois,Kurt Vonnegut
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Grave Predictions by Stephen King,Greg Bear,Ramsey Campbell,Joe R. Lansdale,Carmen Maria Machado,Mark Samuels,Erica L. Satifka,Brian Stableford,Ray Bradbury,Arthur C. Clarke,W.E.B. Du Bois,Kurt Vonnegut Summary

Sixteen compelling tales of post-apocalyptic societies and dystopian worlds include stories by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, W. E. B. Du Bois, Harlan Ellison, and others.

The Vonnegut Encyclopedia

The Vonnegut Encyclopedia Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marc Leeds
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Now expanded and updated, this authorized compendium to Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, stories, essays, and plays is the most comprehensive and definitive edition to date. Over the course of five decades, Kurt Vonnegut created a complex and interconnected web of characters, settings, and concepts. The Vonnegut Encyclopedia is an exhaustive guide to this beloved author’s world, organized in a handy A-to-Z format. The first edition of this book covered Vonnegut’s work through 1991. This new and updated edition encompasses his writing through his death in 2007. Marc Leeds, co-founder and founding president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society and a longtime personal friend of the author’s, has devoted more than twenty-five years of his life to cataloging the Vonnegut cosmos—from the birthplace of Kilgore Trout (Vonnegut’s sci-fi writing alter ego) to the municipal landmarks of Midland City (the midwestern metropolis that is the setting for Vonnegut’s 1973 masterpiece Breakfast of Champions). The Vonnegut Encyclopedia identifies every major and minor Vonnegut character from Celia Aamons to Zog, as well as recurring images and relevant themes from all of Vonnegut’s works, including lesser-known gems like his revisionist libretto for Stravinsky’s opera L’Histoire du soldat and his 1980 children’s book Sun Moon Star. Leeds provides expert notes explaining the significance of many items, but relies primarily on extended quotations from Vonnegut himself. A work of impressive scholarship in an eminently browsable package, this encyclopedia reveals countless connections readers may never have thought of on their own. A rarity among authors of serious fiction, Kurt Vonnegut has always inspired something like obsession in his most dedicated fans. The Vonnegut Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for readers wishing to revisit his fictional universe—and those about to explore it for the first time. Praise for The Vonnegut Encyclopedia “An essential collection for fans of the singular satirist.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Indispensable.”—Publishers Weekly “If you’re somebody who has read one Kurt Vonnegut book then there’s a chance you’ve read them all. For the devout reader of Vonnegut there’s a voracious sense of completism. And, Marc Leeds and his new [The Vonnegut] Encyclopedia are here to guide you through it all. Just don’t blame him if you become unstuck in time while you’re reading.”—Inverse “Vonnegut enthusiasts will be delighted with Leeds’s exhaustive, almost obsessive, treatment of the characters, places, events, and tantalizingly mysterious references for which Vonnegut’s five-decade writing career is celebrated. . . . A wonderful and beautifully designed reference source.”—Booklist (starred review) “Leeds’s scholarship and genuine love for his subject matter render this encyclopedia a treasure trove for Vonnegut readers.”—The Nameless Zine

Armageddon in Retrospect

Armageddon in Retrospect Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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The New York Times bestseller from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five—a “gripping” posthumous collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s previously unpublished work on the subject of war and peace. A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today’s world. Includes an Introduction by Mark Vonnegut

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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“[Kurt Vonnegut] is either the funniest serious writer around or the most serious funny writer.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through life. This is a work that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born storyteller mesmerizing us with truth. “Vonnegut is at the top of his form, and it is wonderful.”—Newsday

A Man Without a Country

A Man Without a Country Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”–USA Today In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions. Praise for A Man Without a Country “[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”–Los Angeles Times “Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading A Man Without a Country is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”–The New York Times Book Review “Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”–Chicago Tribune “Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”–The Australian “Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”–Studs Terkel

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes. What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.

Timequake

Timequake Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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A New York Times Notable Book from the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, and Cat's Cradle. At 2:27pm on February 13th of the year 2001, the Universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point? There's been a timequake. And everyone—even you—must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time—minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Happy Birthday, Wanda June Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Editor: Dial Press
ISBN: 059322941X
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“Richly and often pertinently funny [with] a sure instinct for the carefully considered irrelevance . . . a great deal of incidental hilarity [and] inspired idiocy.”—The New York Times Happy Birthday Wanda June was Kurt Vonnegut’s first play, which premiered in New York in 1970 and was then adapted into a film in 1971. It is a darkly humorous and searing examination of the excesses of capitalism, patriotism, toxic masculinity, and American culture in the post-Vietnam War era. Featuring behind-the-scenes photographs from the original stage production, this play captures Vonnegut’s brilliantly distinct perspective unlike we have ever seen it before. “A great artist.”—The Cincinnati Enquirer

Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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ISBN: 0307567362
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“The master at his quirky, provocative best.”—Cosmopolitan Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are. Praise for Deadeye Dick “A moving fable . . . Vonnegut, sweet cynic and ugly duckling, continues to write gentle swan songs for our uncivil society.”—Playboy “A brilliantly unconventional novel . . . a must for all Vonnegut fans.”—Worcester Sunday Telegram “Hits the bull’s-eye . . . dolefully celebrates the randomness of life, treating private and public disasters with a kind of reckless whimsy. . . . You don’t read Kurt Vonnegut for meaning exactly. You read him for the sad-funny attitude of mind, the kind of weirdness that can interpret the world’s weirdness.”—USA Today “Vonnegut is beguiling as ever . . . Incredible plot constructions and inventive language continue to leap from his typewriter . . . the humor is natural and inborn; the insight usually purchased by his characters at painfully high cost. Funny how life turns out. Even funnier how Mr. Vonnegut turns life’s insanities into funny, profound sense. That takes a master’s touch. Mr. Vonnegut still has it.”—Kansas City Star “Playful and imaginative . . . On finishing the novel, the kitchen of your mind is a cleaner and more well-lighted place than it was before.”—Houston Chronicle “Endearing and enchanting . . . a wise and charming book . . . very full of life.”—Glamour

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Editor: Delacorte Press
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Kurt Vonnegut by Kurt Vonnegut Summary

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Newsweek/The Daily Beast • The Huffington Post • Kansas City Star • Time Out New York • Kirkus Reviews This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. Included in this comprehensive volume: the letter a twenty-two-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden that would be the subject of his masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five; wry dispatches from Vonnegut’s years as a struggling writer slowly finding an audience and then dealing with sudden international fame in middle age; righteously angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; intimate remembrances penned to high school classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family; and letters of commiseration and encouragement to such contemporaries as Gail Godwin, Günter Grass, and Bernard Malamud. Vonnegut’s unmediated observations on science, art, and commerce prove to be just as inventive as any found in his novels—from a crackpot scheme for manufacturing “atomic” bow ties to a tongue-in-cheek proposal that publishers be allowed to trade authors like baseball players. (“Knopf, for example, might give John Updike’s contract to Simon and Schuster, and receive Joan Didion’s contract in return.”) Taken together, these letters add considerable depth to our understanding of this one-of-a-kind literary icon, in both his public and private lives. Each letter brims with the mordant humor and openhearted humanism upon which he built his legend. And virtually every page contains a quotable nugget that will make its way into the permanent Vonnegut lexicon. • On a job he had as a young man: “Hell is running an elevator throughout eternity in a building with only six floors.” • To a relative who calls him a “great literary figure”: “I am an American fad—of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop.” • To his daughter Nanny: “Most letters from a parent contain a parent’s own lost dreams disguised as good advice.” • To Norman Mailer: “I am cuter than you are.” Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote. Praise for Kurt Vonnegut: Letters “Splendidly assembled . . . familiar, funny, cranky . . . chronicling [Vonnegut’s] life in real time.”—Kurt Andersen, The New York Times Book Review “[This collection is] by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and mundane. . . . Vonnegut himself is a near-perfect example of the same flawed, wonderful humanity that he loved and despaired over his entire life.”—NPR “Congenial, whimsical and often insightful missives . . . one of [Vonnegut’s] very best.”—Newsday “These letters display all the hallmarks of Vonnegut’s fiction—smart, hilarious and heartbreaking.”—The New York Times Book Review

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Editor: Dial Press
ISBN: 0307567273
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“A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!”—The New York Times Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best. “[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist.”—Harper’s Magazine “Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—Atlantic Monthly