Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

by Kurt Vonnegut
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Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut

The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.

A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101207796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 545,935
File size: 721 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The suggestion that some of these stories are not as strong as others is the worst form of nit-picking and critical snobbery. Kurt Vonnegut was [and is] a treasure. Every word he wrote was delivered with the honest intentions of a man who always seemed to be trying to tell us all something more important than what he feared most were prepared to hear. Listen, as you read, to the beating heart and sage wisdom of a true original trying to find hope in the hopeless. Vonnegut's unassuming yet richly detailed rage for truth was far beyond the 'being clever for clever's sake' golden malady that suffocates most critics of modern literature. It's good to have another hug from a dear old friend, the kind we all needed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific collection by one of the great commentators on human condition in the since WW II. As always Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. uses wry humor to rip into those warmongers who always send someone else to die. The anthology contains nonfiction like the letter he sent to his dad in Indianapolis in which the GI Grunt explains he is fortunate to escape the firebombing of Dresden in 1945 and ¿Wailing Shall be In All the Streets¿ where he discuses his POW job of burying the dead in Dresden. The short story fictions are also haunting as the title story advocates that good can never win over evil because good needs evil to exist just like the world can never be at peace for that ¿Great Day' would lead to war the author makes the case that violence is in the human DNA even the very young look to fight. This anthology is a fitting final tribute by the late great author who throughout displays his droll sense of the paradox that makes up the ¿Guns and Butter¿ of life and death on planet earth. --- Harriet Klausner
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