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Slaughterhouse Five

by Kurt Vonnegut

Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse.

Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.” Boston Globe

Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.” New York Times

“Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.” Life


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01 March, 1969

About Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. During WWII, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired Slaughterhouse Five. He died in 2007.



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