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A collection of sixteen previously unpublished stories by the twentieth century master

In While Mortals Sleep men and machines, art and artifice, fortune and fame become curiously twisted. A travelling salesman falls in love a robot, Jenny, a refrigerator with personality. A man plays with his model trains too much until the women in his life decide to take matters into their own hands.A young typist receives a plea for help on her Dictaphone - it is from an escaped, dying murderer hiding somewhere in the works of her company's factory. In the title story, a hard-nosed reporter is called upon to judge the annual Christmas lights competition - a job that leads him to learn something about the true meaning of Christmas.

Reviews

Vonnegut is masterful at quickly sketching a character who you instantly recognise and immeadiately are willing to follow... no matter the plot, you as the reader know that by the end of the story, you will get somewhere. That Vonnegut will tell you something with candour and clarity

Dave Eggers

A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny

Financial Times

A satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion, a cynic who wants to believe

Jay McInerney

Unimitative and inimitable social satirist

Harper's

A laughing prophet of doom

New York Times

While these early stories show an author still testing the boundaries of his craft and obsessions, Vonnegut's acute moral sense and knack for compelling prose are very much on display. In the foreword, Dave Eggers calls Vonnegut "a hippie Mark Twain," which perfectly captures an essential truth about this esteemed author

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    9780099529064

    December 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

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  • While Mortals Sleep
    Kurt Vonnegut

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    9781448113934

    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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