‘Black satire of the highest polish’ Guardian
Whilst awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison, Howard W. Campbell Jr sets down his memoirs on an old German typewriter. He has used such a typewriter before, when he worked as a Nazi propagandist under Goebbels. Though that was before he agreed to become a spy for US military. Is Howard guilty? Can a black or white verdict ever be reached in a world that’s a gazillion shades of grey?
‘After Vonnegut, everything else seems a bit tame’ Spectator
Vonnegut's chilling early masterpiece
Mother Night is not one of his most famous books, but it's one of the best
A brilliant wacky ideas-monger
A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny
In this fake news and post-truth era, The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and Slaughterhouse 5 have enjoyed a renaissance. These unprecedented times perhaps aren't so unprecedented...
Kurt Vonnegut was one of America’s greatest literary satirists and a counterculture icon. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his renowned anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five, we’ve put together a reading guide to help you choose which Vonnegut book to read next – or first.
Kurt Vonnegut wrote over 25 books in his career, from Slaughterhouse 5 to Breakfast of Champions. Within their pages are some of the wisest words on love, life, war, kindness and aliens. VINTAGE editor Frances Macmillan picks her favourite Vonnegut quotes.