It's New York, 1950. A young PR man working at General Electric sold his first magazine piece. By the time he'd sold his third, he decided to quit his job and join the likes of Salinger, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and make a living as a full-time writer. That young man was Kurt Vonnegut. "Bagombo Snuff Box" collects Vonnegut's favourite stories from the postwar years that sharpened his dark, vaudevillian and quietly subversive voice. Here we see the mind-bending wit and central themes of his masterpiece, "Slaughterhouse-Five". This is a must-read for Vonnegut aficionados new and old.
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(198mm x 128mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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UK Kirkus Review »
A wonderful collection of early fiction from the author of Slaughterhouse 5. These 23 bite size short stories were written in the distant 1950s when the USA was full of magazines crying out for material and a tyro writer could still make a living from his craft. Many of the stories deal with grizzled military men experiencing transcendence: in 'The Cruise of the Jolly Roger', a Korean-War veteran wanders in search of meaning and renewal; in 'Thanasphere', 'career soldier' Major Rice is sent into space in a spy satellite and encounters humanit's ghosts. Well made, full of humour as well as pathos, this is a fine collection for those who enjoy elegant storytelling and understated prose. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. During the Second World War he served in Europe and, as a prisoner of war in Germany, witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired the canonic war novel Slaughterhouse-Five. He is the author of thirteen other novels, which include Cat's Cradle, Jailbird, Deadeye Dick, Galapagos and Bluebeard, two collections of stories, and three non-fiction books. He died in 2007.