Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.

"And so it goes..."; First Edition of Slaughterhouse-Five; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.


Item Number: 88643

New York: Delacorte Press, 1969.

First edition of Vonnegut’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.

"Slaughterhouse-Five, perhaps Vonnegut’s most powerful novel, presents two characters who can see beneath the surface to the tragic realities of human history but make no attempt to bring about change The central event is the destruction of Dresden by bombs and fire storm—a catastrophe that Vonnegut himself witnessed as a prisoner of war" (Vinson, 1414-15). "Kurt Vonnegut knows all the tricks of the writing game. So he has not even tried to describe the bombing. Instead he has written around it in a highly imaginative, often funny, nearly psychedelic story. The story is sandwiched between an autobiographical introduction and epilogue" (The New York Times). It is the basis for the 1972 film bearing the same name. The screenplay written by Stephen Geller and directed by George Roy Hill. It stars Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, and Valerie Perrine, and features Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Holly Near, and Perry King.

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