Armageddon in Retrospect (Paperback)

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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

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The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.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to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace.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.

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Praise For…

"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

"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