“All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist”: First British Edition of Slaughterhouse-Five; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.
Vonnegut Jr., Kurt.$1,950.00
Item Number: 3117
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Slaughterhouse-Five, perhaps Vonneguts 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 storma 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).