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Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

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The appeal of Kurt Vonnegut, especially to bright younger readers of the past few decades, may be attributed partly to the fact that he is one of the few writers who have successfully straddled the imaginary line between science-fiction/fantasy and "real literature." He was born in Indianapolis and visa mer attended Cornell University, but his college education was interrupted by World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden, he received a Purple Heart for what he calls a "ludicrously negligible wound." After the war he returned to Cornell and then earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago.He worked as a police reporter and in public relations before placing several short stories in the popular magazines and beginning his career as a novelist. His first novel, Player Piano (1952), is a highly credible account of a future mechanistic society in which people count for little and machines for much. The Sirens of Titan (1959), is the story of a playboy whisked off to Mars and outer space in order to learn some humbling lessons about Earth's modest function in the total scheme of things. Mother Night (1962) satirizes the Nazi mentality in its narrative about an American writer who broadcasts propaganda in Germany during the war as an Allied agent. Cat's Cradle (1963) makes use of some of Vonnegut's experiences in General Electric laboratories in its story about the discovery of a special kind of ice that destroys the world. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) satirizes a benevolent foundation set up to foster the salvation of the world through love, an endeavor with, of course, disastrous results. Slaughterhouse-Five; or The Children's Crusade (1969) is the book that marked a turning point in Vonnegut's career. Based on his experiences in Dresden, it is the story of another Vonnegut surrogate named Billy Pilgrim who travels back and forth in time and becomes a kind of modern-day Everyman. The novel was something of a cult book during the Vietnam era for its antiwar sentiments. Breakfast of Champions (1973), the story of a Pontiac dealer who goes crazy after reading a science fiction novel by "Kilgore Trout," received generally unfavorable reviews but was a commercial success. Slapstick (1976), dedicated to the memory of Laurel and Hardy, is the somewhat wacky memoir of a 100-year-old ex-president who thinks he can solve society's problems by giving everyone a new middle name. In addition to his fiction, Vonnegut has published nonfiction on social problems and other topics, some of which is collected in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (1974). He died from head injuries sustained in a fall on April 11, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

(eng) Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.

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Vedertaget namn
Vonnegut, Kurt
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Land (för karta)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
New York, New York, USA
brain injuries incurred several weeks prior from a fall at his New York brownstone home
New York, New York, USA
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
University of Chicago
Cornell University
Carnegie Institute of Technology
University of Tennessee
Vonnegut, Mark (son)
Vonnegut, Edith (daughter)
Krementz, Jill (spouse)
American Humanist Association
U.S. Army (WWII|POW)
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Priser och utmärkelser
State Author of New York/Edith Wharton Citation of Merit (2001-03)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award [1970]
Humanist of the Year [1992]
Asteroid Namesake [2539]
Purple Heart
Prisoner of War Medal (visa alla 8)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (2015)
Carl Sandburg Literary Award (2001)
Kort biografi
Kurt Vonnegut Jr est né à Indianapolis en 1922. Prisonnier de guerre à Dresde pendant cinq mois, il y fut témoin du bombardement de 1945. De retour aux États-Unis, il se mit à écrire. Son roman le plus célèbre, Abattoir 5, resta pendant trois mois en tête des best-sellers américains.
Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.



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Cynisk på gränsen till fånig ibland. Men en fascinerande berättarstil som anpassas efter vad författaren vill framföra som budskap. Svårt att få sånt att funka, men Vonnegut lyckas förstår. Kul att nu läsa en så gammal bok men ändå bli fascinerad över berättarstilen :)
sigurhaf | 124 andra recensioner | Nov 8, 2013 |
'Think of it!' said Breed. 'Twenty-six people he had on his conscience!'
'The mind reels,' I said.
nilsr | 299 andra recensioner | Jul 2, 2012 |
Var börja? Var börja med en bok som dels är en skildring av andra världskriget, i synnerhet en amerikansk krigsfånge, dels en skildring av samme fånges liv före och efter kriget, dels möjligen är en roman om tidsresor och kidnappningar av utomjordingar, men som lika gärna kan vare samme persons hjärnskadeinducerade galenskaper? Boken i fråga är Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse 5, och som sagt är den närmast omöjlig att sortera in i något fack för att hjälpa till vid bedömning.

Huvudperson är Billy Pilgrim, som hamnar i tysk fångenskap i krigets slutskede och placeras i Dresden någon månad innan staden flygbombas. Han överlever, men de flesta i staden gör det inte (så går det). Han kommer hem, utbildar sig till optiker, gifter sig rikt, hamnar i en flygolycka där svärfar dör (så går det). Hans fru dör av kolmonoxidförgiftning när hon kämpar för att ta sig till hans sida (så går det). Sedan beslutar han sig för att berätta om hur han kidnappats av utomjordingar som fört honom till sin planet och satt honom på zoo tillsammans med en ung fotomodell, som han får barn med, och som lärt honom att de tidsskutt han upplevt är fullt normala; det är bara vår begränsade uppfattningsförmåga som gör att vi inte kan välja vilken tidpunkt vi vill se.

Det hela är naturligtvis vansinnigt. Och satiriskt. Och mot krig. Och svårt att riktigt se poängen med. Man kan välja att se det som science fiction, men det ligger närmare till hands att se det som en parodi, med de underliga utomjordingarna och den klichéartade kidnappningen. Som antikrigsroman är det främsta argumentet att många människor dog utan skuld i Dresdenbombningarna och att atombomben främst är ett symptom, inte en separat sjukdom, samt att soldater inte har någon sammanhållning alls: allt möjligen sant, men kanske inte helt övertygande.

Nåväl läsvärt är det, i all sin konstighet.
… (mer)
andejons | 703 andra recensioner | Jun 30, 2012 |
Kurt Vonnegut har en vass tungspets så också en mycket skarp penna. Här ger han sig på USA styre, Bush, miljöförstöringen m m. Jag sitter och nickar medhållande tills jag får träningsvärk.
Frittelina | 83 andra recensioner | Apr 23, 2008 |


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