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A collection of sixteen previously unpublished stories by the twentieth century master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

    9780099529064

    December 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781448113934

    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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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
Kurt Vonnegut The Last Interview and Other Conversations
A Man Without A Country
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Like Shaking Hands With God
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

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The Handmaid's Tale
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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Secret Garden
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time