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  • Published: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781612190907
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99
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Kurt Vonnegut The Last Interview and Other Conversations


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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."

  • Pub date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781612190907
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

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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