First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity's tendency towards violence. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral non-fiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden - to a painfully funny short story about three soldiers and their fantasies of the perfect meal.
"Reads like a madcap Montaigne on acid"
"The most entertaining of American writers, almost a new Mark Twain...his words can travel on through time"
"The wittiest man since Groucho Marx and the wisest since Karl Marx"
"Imbued with the innocence, empathy, and kindness that always seemed central to Vonnegut's sensibility"
"(Vonnegut) was a splendid preacher of American populism at its most radical...always funny and sometimes refreshingly vulgar"
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...
You already know that your favourite authors know how to wield a pen when it comes to writing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, but have you ever read any of their personal writing? We’ve compiled a list of outstanding diarists and correspondents to inspire you to pick up a pen this year.
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.