Foreword by Dave EggersSmart, whimsical, and often scathing, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut influenced a generation of American writersmdash;including Dave Eggers, author of this volumersquo;s Foreword. In these previously unpublished gems, Vonnegutrsquo;s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and barsmdash;and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trainsmdash;until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displaysmdash;a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. A hog farmerrsquo;s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about ldquo;the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit.rdquo; But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh?These beautifully rendered works are a testament to Vonnegutrsquo;s unique blend of observation and imagination. Like a present left behind by a departed loved one, While Mortals Sleep bestows upon us a shimmering Kurt Vonnegut gift: a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.From the Hardcover edition.
When Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007 he left behind more than a dozen novels, almost as many collections of short fiction, and also a trove of stories not yet collected or even published individually. These are now brought to press as WHILE MORTALS SLEEP, a curiously brilliant catalog of works that, though unseen while the master of satire and science fiction was alive, demonstrate his genius at invoking the trappings of the human heart within the spiral of bureaucratic modern tedium. In tale after tale, imagination collides with brutally constructed limitations, and yet grace continues to extend its hand. With a foreword by Dave Eggers.
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