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Kurt Vonnegut Dies at Age 84

abstract:Playright, essayist, novelist and literary icon, Kurt Vonnegut died in Manhattan on April 12th of brain injuries sustained after several falls in the previous few weeks. He is survived by his wife Jill Krementz, his six adopted children and one biologic son. Vonnegut's "dark comic talent and urgent moral vision" produced novels like Slaughterhouse-Five , Cat's Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. In all, he wrote fourteen novels ranging on metaphysical themes, the banalities of our consumer culture, the destruction of the environment, and creative science fiction worlds that all contained his own brand of philosophy and jokes. (click on title for full feature)


April 13, 2007
— I first read Vonnegut in highschool. Slauterhouse Five shook our collective adolescent world when we learned that Vonnegut had served in WWII and been captured by the Germans near the historic city of Dresden. He served as a prisoner in a work factory producing vitamins. He survived the firebombing of Dresden, (revenge taken on Germany for the bombing of Coventry), because the pill factory was in fact contained in an underground meat locker. After the city's destruction, his prisoner duties included collecting bodies for cremation on mass pyres. 

"To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent meaninglessness of existence was human kindness, 'There's only one rule that I know of...  God damn it, you've got to be kind,'"writes Dinitia Smith in the NYT obit piece April 12th.

Five Books For Your Vonnegut Library

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