These previously unpublished, beautifully rendered works of fiction are a testament to Kurt Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives.
An ambitious builder of roads fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays—a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. Featuring a Foreword by Dave Eggers, «While Mortals Sleep» is a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.
Praise for While Mortals Sleep «Immensely readable and thoroughly entertaining.»—The Washington Post
«Taut, concise . . . The stories set themselves up with neat swiftness, proceed at a clip, and shut down with equal speed, [showing Vonnegut] honing his skills in structure and satire.»—Los Angeles Times
«A lovely reminder of the mischievous moral voice we lost when we lost Kurt Vonnegut.»—San Francisco Chronicle
«These stories were all good when they were written decades ago, but many strike me as great now. Never has the voice of Kurt Vonnegut, humanist and humorist, been more relevant.»—The Seattle Times
«There’s something distinctly timeless about Vonnegut’s vision.»—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Vonnegut, Kurt (1922-2007)
Dial Press, NY, 2012
5.25 x 8 inches
Literary Collection - Short Fiction - Satire - Fantasy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of modern American letters. Called by the New York Times «the counterculture’s novelist,» his works guided a generation through the miasma of war and greed that was life in the U.S. in second half of the 20th century. After stints as a soldier, anthropology PhD candidate, technical writer for General Electric, and salesman at a Saab dealership, Vonnegut rose to prominence with the publication of «Cat’s Cradle» in 1963. Several modern classics, including «Slaughterhouse-Five», soon followed. Never quite embraced by the stodgier arbiters of literary taste, Vonnegut was nonetheless beloved by millions of readers throughout the world. «Given who and what I am,» he once said, «it has been presumptuous of me to write so well.» Kurt Vonnegut died in New York in 2007.