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Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel
By (author): Kurt Vonnegut Foreword by: Kevin Powers
9780385312080 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Feb 01, 1994
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8.1 x 0.8 in 240 pages 3 ILLUSTRATIONS Modern Library
A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds

Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three year struggle to write a book about what he himself witnessed as an American POW. It combines science fiction, autobiography, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim. Billy, like Vonnegut, experiences the destruction of Dresden, and, as with Vonnegut, it is the defining moment of his life. Unlike the author, he also experiences time travel or coming “unstuck in time.” Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most. Fifty years after its publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut’s portrayal of political disillusionment, societal interrogation, distrust of government, PTSD, and postwar anxieties feel as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever.

Story Locale: Dresden, Germany; Ilium (fic), New York

Publication History: Reissue of Delacorte 25th Anniv HC (2/94)

Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

Author Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

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“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”The Boston Globe

“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”The New York Times

“Splendid . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”Life

“Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . . ‘It’s too good to be science fiction,’ [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn’t care, and you won’t care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres.”—Los Angeles Times

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