In this memoir of the past decade, Kurt Vonnegut examines issues and events, both personal and cultural, ranging freely through time, fusing memory and imagination. The subjects range from a death in the family, Vonnegut's own brush with suicidal depression or the future of the planet; Ronald Reagan, Salman Rushdie or Andrew Loyd Webber; unicorns, ...Read MoreIn this memoir of the past decade, Kurt Vonnegut examines issues and events, both personal and cultural, ranging freely through time, fusing memory and imagination. The subjects range from a death in the family, Vonnegut's own brush with suicidal depression or the future of the planet; Ronald Reagan, Salman Rushdie or Andrew Loyd Webber; unicorns, Alcoholics Anonymous and his keen interest in discovering whether there is indeed a fate worse than death.Read Less
Late collection of autobiographical vignettes by the late novelist. Limited Issue, one of of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Octavo; full beige cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; publisher's original green cloth slipcase; 240pp. Fine in a Fine slipcase, still sealed in the original publisher's shrinkwrap.
SIGNED. 240pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Brown leather with raised bands, and gilt ruled and gilt stamped dot designs on the spine and covers. All edges gilt. Gray moire endsheets. Very good. The spine and surrounding areas on the cover are heavily faded. There is a very small abraded mark in the leather at the head of the spine. The gilt on the top corner edge of the text block is rubbed. There is a very small stain on the second title page, preceding the text. Signed by Vonnegut on the edition page. With the unmarked bookplate laid in. Kurt Vonnegut mixed satiric social commentary and black comedy with surrealist and science fictional elements. His most famous works are Player Piano (1952), Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969; film, 1972), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).
Fine in Fine jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7 in to 9 in Tall. Signed by Author(s) First Edition. Signed and inscribed by Kurt Vonnegut. (incribed "Happy rest of your lives! " 1993 ) Hard cover with dust jacket in a fine conditon. Fates Worse than Death, subtitled An Autobiographical Collage, is a 1990 collection of essays, speeches & other previously uncollected writings by author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In the introduction to the book, he acknowledges the book is similar to an earlier book, Palm Sunday. In it he discusses his attempted suicide. This book includes a "humanist requiem" that Vonnegut wrote as a reaction to the Roman Catholic Requiem, which he'd heard in Andrew Lloyd Webber's setting & whose text he found offensive. His own text was then set as a "Cosmos Cantata" by the composer Seymour Barab, of whom he said, "Barab's music is full of magic. He proved to an atheist that God exists. What an honor to have worked with him." The ending of this text is: "Let not eternal light disturb our sleep, O Cosmos, for Thou art merciful. Deliver me, O Cosmos, from everlasting wakefulness. On that dread day when the heavens & earth shall quake, when we shall dissolve the world into glowing ashes in the name of gods unknowable, I am seized with trembling & I am afraid until that day of reckoning shall arrive. Hence I pray, Deliver me, O Cosmos, from everlasting wakefulness on that day of wrath, calamity & misery. Rest grant us, O Cosmos, & let not light perpetual disturb our sleep.
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