- Player Piano (1952)
- The Sirens of Titan (1959)
- Cat’s Cradle (1960)
- Mother Night (1961)
- God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)
- Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
- Breakfast of Champions (1973)
- Slapstick (1976)
- Deadeye Dick (1981)
- Jailbird (1983)
- Galapagos (1985)
- Bluebeard (1987)
- Between Time and Timbuktu (1990)
- Hocus Pocus (1990)
- Timequake (1997)
- Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963-1973 (2011)
- Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962 (2012)
- Canary in a Cat House (1961)
- Welcome to the Monkey House (1968)
- Bagombo Snuff Box (1976)
- Space Odyssey (1983)
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Collection (1995)
- Armageddon in Retrospect (2008)
- Look at the Birdie (2009)
- While Mortals Sleep (2011)
- Science Fiction Collection 002 (2011)
- 2 B R O 2 B (2012)
- Sucker’s Portfolio (2012)
- Sun Moon Star (1980)
- Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1970)
- FUBAR (2009)
- The Big Trip Up Yonder (2009)
- Basic Training (2012)
- Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (1974)
- Palm Sunday (1981)
- Fates Worse than Death (1982)
- Like Shaking Hands with God (1999)
- God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (1999)
- A Man Without a Country (2005)
- The Last Interview (2011)
- Kurt Vonnegut: Letters (2012)
- If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? (2013)
- We Are What We Pretend to Be (2013)
- Pity the Reader (2019)
- Love, Kurt (2020)
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr Books Overview
Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a super computer and run completely by machines. His rebellion is a wildly funny, darkly satirical look at modern society.
The Sirens of Titan
Of all of Vonnegut’s books, his favorite is The Sirens of Titan which he admits was ‘the only book that was pleasant to write.’ We meet Malachi Constant, ‘the richest man in America,’ who feels a calling to probe the depths of space. He leaves a life of unequaled indulgence to voyage through the solar system. He participates in a Martian invasion of Earth, mates with the wife of an astronaut who is adrift on the tides of time, and from start to finish follows the lure of the ‘Sirens of Titan.’
‘All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies’. Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker’s three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Will Felix Hoenikker’s death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh? Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it…
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Na*zi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Eliot Rosewater drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature…
with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched in acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.
Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes ‘unstuck in time’ after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his and Vonnegut’s shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
Slaughterhouse Five is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch 22, it fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy and humor.
Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.
Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan and last President of the United States, a wickedly irreverent look at the all too possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life as we know it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut s pen into hilarious farce a final Slapstick that may be the Almighty s joke on us all.
Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe…
and who we say we are.
Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.
Gal pagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Gal pagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race. In this inimitable novel, America’s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry and all that is worth saving.
Broad humor and bitter irony collide in Vonnegut’s fictional biography of aging artist Rabo Karabekian first introduced in Breakfast of Champions who wants only to be left alone at his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked in his potato barn. ‘A joyous, soaring fiction.’ Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Reissue.
Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War. Returning home from the war, he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son. In 2001, the son begins a search for his father and catches up with him just in time to see him arrested for masterminding the prison break of 10,000 convicts. Using his famous brand of satire and wit, Vonnegut captures twenty first century America as only he could foresee it. In Hocus Pocus, listeners will find a fresh novel, as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat as anything he’s written.
At the pinnacle of his phenomenal career, one of Americas wittiest and most unconventional writers has re invented fiction. Over the years, Kurt Vonnegut has tickled our funny bones and tugged at our heart strings with tongue in cheek appraisals of societys foibles and absurdities. Now, his latest creation is a witty memoir of observations about life, as he has lived and observed it, for more than seven decades. What if a bored universe decided to stop expanding for awhile and back us all up to the year 1991? Imagine reliving an entire unremarkable decade of d j vu without the benefit of free will. Picture the havoc when reruns are over, and people, free to choose again, have forgotten how. It seems that a book whose three protagonists are the author, his alter ego, and a conscious universe would be a challenge to read aloud, but narrator Norman Dietz does a remarkable job of making it sound easy. Be prepared for laughter and tears once again.
Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963-1973
Like Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut 1922 2007 was a Midwestern everyman steeped in the rhythms of American speech whose anger at the way things are was matched only by his love for the best that we can be. His cunningly relaxed delivery was so original, so finely calibrated, and so profound an articulation of the Sixties’ spirit that many critics overlooked the moral seriousness behind the standup comic craftsmanship. Capturing Vonnegut in pyrotechnic mid career, this first volume of a projected three volume edition gathers four of his most acclaimed novels. Cat’s Cradle 1963 is a comedy of the end of the world it ends with ice. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater 1965 is the tale of a so called fool, his money, and the lawyer who contrives to part them it ends with fire. Slaughterhouse Five 1969, Vonnegut’s breakout book and one of the iconic masterpieces of twentieth century American literature, is the tale of Billy Pilgrim, who, being unstuck in time, is doomed to continually relive both the firebombing of Dresden and his abduction by space aliens. And, in a text enhanced by the author’s spirited line drawings, Breakfast of Champions 1973 describes the fateful meeting of ‘two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men,’ one of whom disastrously believes that everyone else is a robot. The volume is rounded out with three brilliant short stories and revealing autobiographical accounts of the bombing of Dresden.
Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962
Before winning international fame with Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut was a master of the drugstore paperback and the popular short story. This authoritative collection of his brilliant early work opens with Player Piano 1952, a Metropolis like parable of breakneck technological innovation and its effect on those it robs of their livelihoods. The Sirens of Titan 1959, the interplanetary adventures of the world s wealthiest and most despised man, is both a pulp fiction space opera and a satire on the vanity of human striving. The confessions of a German American double agent well placed among the Na*zi elite, Mother Night 1962 is a cautionary tale with a famous moral: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Here too are six of Vonnegut s best short stories, gems that display his matchless talent for hilarious invention and caustic social criticism. A companion volume, Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963 1973, collects Cat s Cradle; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse Five; Breakfast of Champions; and three short stories, including Welcometo the Monkey House.
Welcome to the Monkey House
Kurt Vonnegut is a master of contemporary American Literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Siren’s of Titan in 1959 and established him as ‘a true artist’ with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He is, as Graham Greene has declared, ‘one of the best living American writers.’ Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision. The New York Times
Bagombo Snuff Box
Never before collected, vintage Vonnegut.’Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake 1997, would be his last, but no one as imaginative and in love with language and story can resist the lure of the page, and it’s obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories. Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut’s earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and sixties for such popular venues as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. In his engagingly autobiographical introduction, Vonnegut describes his stints as a Chicago journalist and PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York; his decision to supplement his income by writing; and his rapid success and evolution into a full time writer. So, here are his literary roots, a set of stories that reflects their era’s eagerness to turn the horrors of war into anecdote and to equate technology with progress. Unabashedly fablelike, they can be either sly or sweet, sentimental or vaudevillian, but all are quietly subversive…
. Rich in low key humor and good old fashioned morality, Vonnegut’s stories are both wily and tender.’ Booklist’You trust this voice…
the pretentious are all brought to earth with his wit…
speak only of simple truths.’ Chicago Sun Times’Vonnegut’s voice is one of the most original in popular American fiction.’ San Francisco Chronicle’He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopie cushion.’ Jay McInerney, The New York Times’A word cartoonist, a wise guy, a true subversive!’ Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review’You’ve got to love him.’ The Washington Post Book World Never before available in book form these early stories were only published in magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Saturday Evening Post Includes a wonderful autobiographical introduction, with a fascinating glimpse of his previous careers and literary beginnings.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Collection
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. himself reads from his most celebrated works: Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, and three complete stories from Welcome to the Monkey House. ‘A satirist, a keen observer of the follies of mankind and of the hypocrisies of its leaders’ Isaac Asimov
Armageddon in Retrospect
The New York Times bestseller a ‘gripping’ posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.
A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut’s trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he’d been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut’s enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today’s world.
Look at the Birdie
Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and funny portrait of life in post World War II America a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful, each brim*ming with Vonnegut’s trademark humor and profound humanism. A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention. A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town. A quack psychiatrist turned ‘murder counselor’ concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients. While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing and provide insight into the development of his early style collectively, they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written. It’s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer; each in its own way is unmistakably, quintessentially Vonnegut. Featuring a Foreword by author and longtime Vonnegut confidant Sidney Offit and illustrated with Vonnegut”s characteristically insouciant line drawings, Look at the Birdie is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius. Read ‘Hello, Red’ and ‘The Petrified Ants,’ two of the stories from the collection, as single story e books before Look at the Birdie goes on sale. Available wherever e books are sold. From the Hardcover edition.
While Mortals Sleep
Foreword by Dave EggersSmart, whimsical, and often scathing, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut influenced a generation of American writers including Dave Eggers, author of this volume’s Foreword. In these previously unpublished gems, Vonnegut s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trains until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex con and then a miracle. A hog farmer s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit. But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh?These beautifully rendered works are a testament to Vonnegut s unique blend of observation and imagination. Like a present left behind by a departed loved one, While Mortals Sleep bestows upon us a shimmering Kurt Vonnegut gift: a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.
Sun Moon Star
When the Creator of the universe came to Earth, It resolved to be born a male human infant, and this is what It saw when It opened Its eyes.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
In his first published play, Kurt Vonnegut finds a powerful vehicle for his tragicomical imagination. When the great hunter Harold Ryan missing and presumed dead returns from Africa after eight years, his wife is aghast and his son is enchanted. Vonnegut’s attack on phony heroes and male swagger uses some of the funniest dialogue ever created for the stage.
The Big Trip Up Yonder
Gramps Ford, his chin resting on his hands, his hands on the crook of his cane, was staring irascibly at the five foot television screen that dominated the room. On the screen, a news commentator was summarizing the day’s happenings. Every thirty seconds or so, Gramps would jab the floor with his cane tip and shout, ‘Hell, we did that a hundred years ago!’ Emerald and Lou, coming in from the balcony, where they had been seeking that 2185 A.D. rarity privacy were obliged to take seats in the back row, behind about a dozen relatives with whom they shared the house. All save Gramps, who was somewhat withered and bent, seemed, by pre anti gerasone standards, to be about the same age somewhere in their late twenties or early thirties. Gramps looked older because he had already reached 70 when anti gerasone was invented. He had not aged in the 102 years since. ‘Next one shoots off his big bazoo while the TV’s on is gonna find hisself cut off without a dollar ‘ his voice suddenly softened and sweetened ‘when they wave that checkered flag at the Indianapolis Speedway, and old Gramps gets ready for The Big Trip Up Yonder.’ He sniffed sentimentally, while his heirs concentrated desperately on not making the slightest sound. For them, the poignancy of the prospective Big Trip had been dulled somewhat, through having been mentioned by Gramps about once a day for fifty years.
Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons Opinions is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life, his views of the world, his writing, and the writing of others. An indignant, outrageous, always witty, and deeply felt collection of reviews, essays, and speeches, this work is a window not only into Vonnegut’s mind…
but also into his heart. A great cosmic comedian and a rattler of human skeletons, an idealist disguised as a pessimist has written a book filled with madness and truth and absurdity and self revelation. St. Louis Post Dispatch He is our strongest writer the most stubbornly imaginative. John Irving The New York Times
Palm Sunday is a self portrait by an American genius. Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all too human journey through life. It is a work that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born story teller mesmerizing us with truth.
Fates Worse than Death
The author of Slaughterhouse Five presents a collection of essays and reminiscences, offering a self portrait that as*sesses his own life and the current state of the world. NYT.
Like Shaking Hands with God
In Like Shaking Hands with God, two distinguished writers separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations talk about the place where the lives they lead meet the art they practice. That these two writers happened to be Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer made it a historic celebration. The setting was a bookstore in New York City, the date Thursday, October 1, 1998. Before a crowd of several hundred, Vonnegut and Stinger took up the challenge of writing books that would make a difference and the concomitant challenge of living from day to day. As Vonnegut said afterward, ‘It was a magical evening.’A book for anyone interested in why the simple act of writing things down can be more important than the amount of memory in our computers. Kurt Vonnegut 1922 2007 was among the few grandmasters of twentieth century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut’s other books from Seven Stories Press include God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and the national hardcover and paperback bestseller A Man Without a Country. Lee Stringer is the author of the acclaimed Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street, which chronicled his twelve years of homelessness in New York City. A former editor and columnist of Street News, his is also the author of Sleepaway School: A Memoir. He is at work on the forthcoming White People: Stories from the Suburbs. Dan Simon is founder and publisher of Seven Stories Press, co author of Run, Run, Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman; translator of Pascal Bonafoux’s Van Gogh: Self Portraits; and co editor of three volumes on Nelson Algren: Nonconformity, the critical edition of The Man with the Golden Arm; and Entrapment and Other Writings with Brooke Horvath. Ross Klavan is a writer and performer in New York City. His critically acclaimed original screenplay Tigerland, based on his novel of the same name, was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award. Art Shay is the author of Chicago’s Nelson Algren. His photographs have graced the covers of Life and have been included in the museum exhibits around the world.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
From Slapstick’s ‘Turkey Farm’ to Slaughterhouse Five’s eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut’s mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd ‘interviews,’ Vonnegut trips down ‘the blue tunnel to the pearly gates’ in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut’s personal heroes. What began as a series of ninety second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City’s public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.
A Man Without a Country
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.
Los Angeles Times
Like that of his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut’s crankiness is good humored and sharp witted…
. Reading A Man Without a Country is like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.
The New York Times Book Review
In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh out loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age or any age holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brim*ming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut s passions.
For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations…
this is what he is like in person.
Filled with Vonnegut s usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.
Fans will linger on every word…
as once again Vonnegut captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.
Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini memoirs, we discover his family s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.
The Last Interview
One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of conversations including his last published interview. 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 InterviewIs 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.