January 1, 1999
January 1, 1999
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, a best-seller when it was first published in 1969, brought Kurt Vonnegut to prominence as a major voice in American fiction. Vonnegut was a POW held in Dresden in 1945 when the city was attacked by American bombers and virtually obliterated, leaving more than 130,000 people dead. He uses that event as the climax of this satirical and horrifying anti-war novel, in which a young man named Billy Pilgrim experiences much of what Vonnegut himself saw during the war. Unlike his creator however, Pilgrim has become "unstuck in time" following his abduction by aliens thus affording him the opportunity to travel freely across time, visiting different periods in his life in an attempt to sort out his complicated history. The book's anti-war stance, one reason for its success with the counterculture of the Vietnam War generation, is based on Vonnegut's premise that the dehumanization of people is to be avoided at all costs, and it is this stance that accounts for the novel's continued popularity.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Humorous Fiction, War + Military, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Science Fiction + Fantasy, General
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: Kurt Vonnegut
- Online Item #: 11829804
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-8322
- ISBN: 9780385333849
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported