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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407014173
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Armageddon in Retrospect




The first and only collection of unpublished works by Kurt Vonnegut since his death—a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity’s tendency toward violence.

First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut’s trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II—a piece that is as timely today as it was then—to a painfully funny short story about three privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegut’s last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, with an introduction by the author’s son, Mark Vonnegut. Armageddon in Retrospect says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407014173
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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Praise for Armageddon in Retrospect

“The most entertaining of American writers, almost a new Mark Twain...his words can travel on through time”

Daily Mail

“The wittiest man since Groucho Marx and the wisest since Karl Marx”

The Times

“Imbued with the innocence, empathy, and kindness that always seemed central to Vonnegut's sensibility”

Lionel Shriver, Financial Times

“(Vonnegut) was a splendid preacher of American populism at its most radical...always funny and sometimes refreshingly vulgar”

Independent

“The best of these unpublished pieces are as mad, bitter, hilarious and, in their healthy disrespect not only for 'Get Tough America' but for humanity in general, as startlingly timely as the best of his output”

Daily Telegraph

“You should buy this book”

Spectator

“Dark, funny and disturbing”

London Review of Books

“Reads like a madcap Montaigne on acid”

Metro


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