"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt"
Easton Press leather bound
- Great Books of the 20th Century
- Original Collector's Notes
- Illustrated by Adrian Chesterman
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books.
Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's
odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured
lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know. The
contents of this book are studied in universities around the world.
Slaughterhouse-Five is taken from the name of the building where the
POWs were held. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in
the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against
butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the
same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found
in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic
fact gives it unique poignancy -- and humor.
Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional,
or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this
story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people
in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous
forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are
discouraged from being characters..." Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic
Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes
'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet
Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow
Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on
his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of
war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
About the author
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 to April 11, 2007) was a prolific
and genre-bending American author. The novelist is known for works
blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as
Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of
Champions (1973). He is also known for his humanist beliefs and being
honorary president of the American Humanist Association.
He 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 as "a true
artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared,
"one of the best living American writers.
Vonnegut's work as a graphic artist began with his illustrations for
Slaughterhouse-Five and developed with Breakfast of Champions, which
included numerous felt-tip pen illustrations, such as anal sphincters,
and other less scatological images. Later in his career, he became more
interested in artwork, particularly silk-screen prints, pursued in
collaboration with Joe Petro III.
In 2004, Vonnegut participated in the project The Greatest Album Covers
That Never Were, where he created an album cover for Phish called Hook,
Line and Sinker, which has been included in a traveling exhibition for
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.