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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099529064
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

While Mortals Sleep




A collection of sixteen previously unpublished stories by the twentieth century master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

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099529064
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

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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Praise for While Mortals Sleep

“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”

Publisher's Weekly


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