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Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five is “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time).
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
 
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”

An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.”

More than fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut’s portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties.“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”The Boston Globe

“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”The New York Times

“Splendid . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”Life

“Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . .  ‘It’s too good to be science fiction,’ [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn’t care, and you won’t care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres.”—Los Angeles Times
Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five is “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time).
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
 
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”

An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.”

More than fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut’s portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties.“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”The Boston Globe

“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”The New York Times

“Splendid . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”Life

“Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . .  ‘It’s too good to be science fiction,’ [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn’t care, and you won’t care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres.”—Los Angeles Times
Autor Vonnegut, Kurt
Verlag Random House N.Y.
Einband Kartonierter Einband (Kt)
Erscheinungsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe 224 S.
Lieferstatus Lieferbar in 24 Stunden
Ausgabekennzeichen Englisch
Masse H17.6 cm x B10.6 cm x D1.6 cm 111 g
Coverlag Dell (Imprint/Brand)
Reihe Modern Library 100 Best Novels

Über den Autor Vonnegut, Kurt

Kurt Vonnegut wurde am 11.11.1922 in Indianapolis als Sohn deutscher Einwanderer geboren. Nach seinem Biochemiestudium an der Cornell University meldete er sich Anfang 1943 freiwillig zur U. S. Army und nahm 1944 an der Ardennenoffensive teil. Er geriet im Dezember 1944 in Kriegsgefangenschaft und kam nach Dresden, wo man ihn und seine Mitgefangenen in einem Schlachthof unterbrachte. Die Bombardierung Dresdens vom 13. bis 15. Februar 1945 durch die Alliierten, bei der die Stadt weitestgehend zerstört wurde und Zehntausende Zivilisten den Tod fanden, verarbeitete Kurt Vonnegut später in seinem bekanntesten Roman »Schlachthof 5 oder Der Kinderkreuzzug«, der sich bis heute weltweit millionenfach verkauft und als einer der wichtigsten Antikriegsromane überhaupt gilt. Nach seiner Befreiung und Rückkehr in die USA studierte Vonnegut zunächst Anthropologie an der Universität Chicago und arbeitete unter anderem als Polizeireporter und in der PR-Abteilung von General Electric, ehe er sich 1951 ganz dem Schreiben widmete. 1952 erschien sein erster Roman, »Player Piano«, 1959 folgte »Die Sirenen des Titan«, der von Harry Rowohlt ins Deutsche übertragen wurde. Bis zu seinem Tod lebte und arbeitete Kurt Vonnegut in New York und veröffentlichte 14 Romane sowie zahlreiche Kurzgeschichten und Essays. Er starb am 11. April 2007 im Alter von 84 Jahren in New York.Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) war Schriftsteller, Hörbuchsprecher, Kolumnist, Übersetzer und Schauspieler. Er wuchs in Hamburg auf und absolvierte zunächst eine Lehre als Verlagsbuchhändler. Von 1971 an arbeitet er als Übersetzer, Vortragskünstler, Verfasser der Kolumne "Pooh's Corner" in der "Zeit" sowie als Darsteller des Penners Harry in der Serie "Lindenstraße". Er wurde mehrfach für seine Übersetzungsarbeit ausgezeichnet. 2015 verstarb Harry Rowohlt im Alter von 70 Jahren.

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