“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.

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

$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 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).

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