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I was raised on Kurt Vonnegut, and don’t know how this book went completely under my radar until now, but I am so thankful to have found it. In the uncertain and turbulent times we are living in, Vonnegut’s sense of humor and ultimate hope for humanity are incredibly reassuring. This collection of posthumously published writings on the concepts of war and peace are full of the dark satire that Vonnegut was known for, but at their core are so full of love and belief in his fellow man. This is definitely a great addition to any Vonnegut fans’ library.

  • Recommended by Marissa

— From September Staff Picks to Start the School Year


The New York Times bestseller from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five—a “gripping” posthumous collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s previously unpublished work on the subject of war and peace.

A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings. 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.

Includes an Introduction by Mark Vonnegut

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him, in the words of The New York Times, as “a true artist” with the publication of Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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Praise for Kurt Vonnegut and Armageddon in Retrospect

“Gripping...demonstrates Vonnegut’s mind-boggling evolution as a writer, the manner in which he learned to cloak his rage in hilarity, to cop to his immense despair without surrendering to it.”—Salon

“A terrific post-traumatic witnessing.”—Roy Blount, The New York Times Book Review

“The dark irony that lies beneath Vonnegut's wry, satiric work is always in the service of the individual...and against the system.”—The Boston Globe

“Vonnegut has proved more enduring than the counterculture that embraced him.”—The Village Voice

“A voice like his doesn't fade. Vonnegut had a way of making the bleakest thought seem insanely funny.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425226896
ISBN-10: 0425226891
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 240
Language: English

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