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One of the very best anti-war novels ever written

Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller - these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.


A work of keen literary artistry

Joseph Heller

The individuality of Vonnegut's style is a curious yet perfect match for the pain of the emotional content. A humane, human book that always remains a work of art rather than biography, no matter how apparent the author's presence

Kate Atkinson

A laughing prophet of doom

New York Times


Doris Lessing

Marvellous...the writing is pungent, the antics uproarious, the wit as sharp as a hypodermic needle

Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 7, 1991

    Vintage Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $14.99

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