Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
'All this happened, more or less' reads the first line of Slaughterhouse 5, and it could happen again.
Vonnegut's powerful masterpiece is as timely now as when it was first published in 1969. Slaughterhouse 5 is an anti-war science fiction classic that packs a serious emotional punch, while deftly interweaving slapstick and dark satire.
The book is Vonnegut’s response to his experiences as a prisoner–of–war in Germany, where he witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden by Allied forces. It took Vonnegut years to put this experience into words, but the words he chose and the story he told have become one of the most famous in the English language: powerful and resonant of his unique worldview – weary but bursting with artistic energy, pessimistic but buoyant, playful and wise - and always, deeply relevant.