Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Dial Press
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2009-08-11
ISBN 10 : 9780440339069
ISBN 13 : 0440339065
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse Five Book Description:

A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.” Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties. “Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe

Slaughterhouse 5

Slaughterhouse 5
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Random House
Total Pages : 157
Release : 1991
ISBN 10 : 9780099800200
ISBN 13 : 0099800209
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse 5 Book Description:

Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

Slaughterhouse five Or The Children s Crusade

Slaughterhouse five  Or  The Children s Crusade
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Dell Publishing Company
Total Pages : 215
Release : 1991
ISBN 10 : 0440180295
ISBN 13 : 9780440180296
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse five Or The Children s Crusade Book Description:

Billy Pilgrim survives capture by the Gemans in World War II, the Dresden bombings, and the struggle for financial success only to be kidnapped in a flying saucer and taken to the planet Tralfamadore.

Slaughterhouse 5

Slaughterhouse 5
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Random House
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2020-05-07
ISBN 10 : 9781446485569
ISBN 13 : 1446485560
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse 5 Book Description:

Read Kurt Vonnegut's powerful masterpiece, which is as timely now as when it was first published. ‘An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review Billy Pilgrim – hapless barber's assistant, successful optometrist, alien abductee, senile widower and soldier – has become unstuck in time. Hiding in the basement of a slaughterhouse in Dresden, with the city and its inhabitants burning above him, he finds himself a survivor of one of the most deadly and destructive battles of the Second World War. But when, exactly? How did he get here? And how does he get out? Travel through time and space on the shoulders of Vonnegut himself. This is a book about war. Listen to what he has to say: it is of the utmost urgency. ‘The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Arrow
Total Pages : 238
Release : 2019-03-28
ISBN 10 : 178487485X
ISBN 13 : 9781784874858
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse Five Book Description:

As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 Allied fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. For many years, Vonnegut tried to write about Dresden by the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books ever written. Fifty years on from first publication, Slaughterhouse Five remains unique in its wild storytelling, its powerful delivery of unavoidable truths, and its alchemy of love and tragedy. -- from jacket.

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Ernst Klett Sprachen
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2013
ISBN 10 : 9783125798922
ISBN 13 : 3125798922
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse Five Book Description:

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher : Ernst Klett Sprachen
Total Pages : 134
Release : 1994
ISBN 10 : 3125378400
ISBN 13 : 9783125378407
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slaughterhouse Five Book Description:

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five
Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2009
ISBN 10 : 9781438128740
ISBN 13 : 1438128746
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Book Description:

Presents a collection of critical essays about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five.

The Depiction of War in the Novels Slaughterhouse Five and A Farewell to Arms

The Depiction of War in the Novels  Slaughterhouse Five  and  A Farewell to Arms
Author : Uwe Mehlbaum
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Total Pages : 32
Release : 2009-12
ISBN 10 : 9783640496365
ISBN 13 : 3640496361
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Depiction of War in the Novels Slaughterhouse Five and A Farewell to Arms Book Description:

Essay from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Bayreuth (Lehrstuhl fur Amerikanistik), course: PS Representations of War in American Culture, language: English, abstract: The two novels A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut have a lot in common at first sight. Both are books about wars in Europe written by American authors, and although the protagonists in both novels experience things that are partly very similar to their authors' experiences, none of the novels is an autobiography, e.g. Hemingway's story ends about two months before he went to Europe (Cooper, 33). Both of the novels deal not only with war stories but roam around other genres, be it a science fiction story in Vonnegut's case or a love story in Hemingway's. Both authors had direct and severe experiences with war. Despite of all similarities we also find very big differences in the depiction of war and the way the two authors cope with their shocking experiences. Both of the authors use a very own and subjective depiction of war in their novels and we find big differences in the way they describe war. This essay will take a closer look on how the two novels depict war in different ways and the messages that we can draw from their works."

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five
Author : Ervin E. Szpek, Jr.
Publisher : iUniverse
Total Pages : 672
Release : 2008
ISBN 10 : 9781440105678
ISBN 13 : 1440105677
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five Book Description:

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five chronicles the story of 150 American POWs captured in the Battle of the Bulge and eventually caught up in one of the greatest tragedies of World War II---the firebombing of Dresden. This collection includes oral histories, previously unpublished memoirs, and letters from home and from the front that together tell their compelling story in their own words. From simple hometown beginnings through the awakenings of military life in basic training, from assignment on the supposed "quiet zone" in Belgium to the unexpected Battle of the Bulge, from forced march and entrainment to eventual assignment on work details in Dresden --- the "Florence of the Elbe," to the inferno of Dresden on February 13-14, 1945, and the gruesome work details to follow, the individual and collective recollections and reflections of these 150 young men, the men housed in the famed Slaughterhouse Five, reveal a very personal side of war and the struggle for survival. Yet repatriation did not bring closure to this chapter of their young lives for like shadows their memories would forever be part of them. Today more than sixty years after the firebombing of Dresden, the statue of a steer wishing health and happiness to the citizens of Dresden still stands at the entrance to the public slaughterhouse, a silent witness to the maelstrom that descended upon Dresden and this group of 150 American POWs housed within, Now after more than 60 years of silence for most of these men, Kurt Vonnegut's fellow POWs tell their story of Slaughterhouse Five, in their words as they saw it --- dog face young soldiers assured that the war was soon to be over!