Manhattan has become the Island of Death.
The former President of the United States stands barefoot in a purple toga around a cooking fire in the lobby of the Empire State Building.
He is Dr Wilbur Daffodil-II Swain and Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is his story – one of monstrous twins, orgies, revenge, golf, utopian schemes, and very little tooth brushing. In this post-apocalyptic black comedy – dedicated to Laurel and Hardy – Vonnegut is at his most hilarious, grotesque, and personal.
"The non-stop invention, the jokes and clowning are in the familiar Vonnegut tradition"
"Wittily and engagingly written "
"A brilliant wacky ideas-monger"
"A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny"
"One of the master alchemists of modern American fiction"
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.