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Norwalk, CT. 2004. Signed Limited Edition. No dust-jacket as issued.
Genuine leather, with Certificate of Authenticity and Collector's Notes.
Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision 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
Vonnegut's pen into hilarious farce--a final slapstick that may be the
Almighty's joke on us all.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee. He was then deployed to Europe to fight in World War II and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He was interned in Dresden and survived the Allied bombing of the city by taking refuge in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned.
After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children. He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband was killed in a train accident.