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Kurt Vonnegut : The Last Interview and Other Conversations - Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut

The Last Interview and Other Conversations

By: Kurt Vonnegut, Tom McCartan (Editor)

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Published: 16th December 2011
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One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of conversations, including his last published interview.

During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut-which collects interviews from throughout his career-we learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.

From Kurt Vonnegut's last interview

Is there another book in you, by chance?

No. Look, I'm 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time they're 45. Chess masters are through when they're 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.

So what's the old man's game, then?

My country is in ruins. So I'm a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I'm mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That's why I served in World War II, and that's why I wrote books.

When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?

Well, I'd like the guy-or the girl, of course-to put the book down and think, "This is the greatest man who ever lived."

"Like Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, even when he's funny, he's depressed.?.?.?. The way he goes about his business has helped most ?of us to go on living, if only to find out what happens next."?--John Leonard, "The Nation" "He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion, ?a cynic who wants to believe." --Jay McInerney "Vonnegut is our strongest writer .?.?. the most stubbornly imaginative."?--John Irving

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, among them: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House ; a collection of short stories (1968), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick , or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1990). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work to date, Slaughterhouse Five (1969). He has also published a volume of autobiography entitled Palm Sunday (1981) and a collection of essays and speeches, Fates Worse Than Death (1991).

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ISBN: 9781612190907
ISBN-10: 1612190901
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 16th December 2011
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.17