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One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of interviews, including his last-for US Airways Magazine.

During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut-which collects interviews from throughout his career-we learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.

From Kurt Vonnegut's Last Interview

Is there another book in you, by chance?

No. Look, I'm 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time they're 45. Chess masters are through when they're 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.

So what's the old man's game, then?

My country is in ruins. So I'm a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I'm mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That's why I served in World War II, and that's why I wrote books.

When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?

Well, I'd like the guy-or the girl, of course-to put the book down and think, "This is the greatest man who ever lived."

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781612190907

    March 1, 2012

    Melville House

    RRP $24.99

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Also by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5
Cat's Cradle: Popular Penguins
Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories
Slaughterhouse 5 (Vintage Past)
Sun Moon Star
Slapstick or Lonesome No More (Vintage Future)
If This Isn't Nice What Is?, (Much) Expanded Second Edition
Mother Night
Fates Worse Than Death
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
While Mortals Sleep
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Like Shaking Hands With God
A Man Without A Country
Bluebeard
Palm Sunday
Look At the Birdie
Armageddon in Retrospect
Cat's Cradle
Bagombo Snuff Box
Welcome To The Monkey House
Timequake
Welcome To The Monkey House and Palm Sunday

Recommendations

The Invention of Angela Carter
Bernard Shaw
Take Courage
The Story of Alice
Charles Bukowski
The Uncommon Reader
The Hero Maker: A Biography of Paul Brickhill
Romantic Outlaws
Reading the World
Young Eliot
Penelope Fitzgerald
Wilfred Owen
Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation
The Poets' Daughters
Hemingway's Boat
Georgette Heyer Biography
Thackeray
Algerian White
Grand Central Winter
A Winter on the Nile