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Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

Autore di Mattatoio n. 5

297+ opere 181,617 membri 2,332 recensioni 1,391 preferito


The appeal of Kurt Vonnegut, especially to bright younger readers of the past few decades, may be attributed partly to the fact that he is one of the few writers who have successfully straddled the imaginary line between science-fiction/fantasy and "real literature." He was born in Indianapolis and mostra altro attended Cornell University, but his college education was interrupted by World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden, he received a Purple Heart for what he calls a "ludicrously negligible wound." After the war he returned to Cornell and then earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago.He worked as a police reporter and in public relations before placing several short stories in the popular magazines and beginning his career as a novelist. His first novel, Player Piano (1952), is a highly credible account of a future mechanistic society in which people count for little and machines for much. The Sirens of Titan (1959), is the story of a playboy whisked off to Mars and outer space in order to learn some humbling lessons about Earth's modest function in the total scheme of things. Mother Night (1962) satirizes the Nazi mentality in its narrative about an American writer who broadcasts propaganda in Germany during the war as an Allied agent. Cat's Cradle (1963) makes use of some of Vonnegut's experiences in General Electric laboratories in its story about the discovery of a special kind of ice that destroys the world. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) satirizes a benevolent foundation set up to foster the salvation of the world through love, an endeavor with, of course, disastrous results. Slaughterhouse-Five; or The Children's Crusade (1969) is the book that marked a turning point in Vonnegut's career. Based on his experiences in Dresden, it is the story of another Vonnegut surrogate named Billy Pilgrim who travels back and forth in time and becomes a kind of modern-day Everyman. The novel was something of a cult book during the Vietnam era for its antiwar sentiments. Breakfast of Champions (1973), the story of a Pontiac dealer who goes crazy after reading a science fiction novel by "Kilgore Trout," received generally unfavorable reviews but was a commercial success. Slapstick (1976), dedicated to the memory of Laurel and Hardy, is the somewhat wacky memoir of a 100-year-old ex-president who thinks he can solve society's problems by giving everyone a new middle name. In addition to his fiction, Vonnegut has published nonfiction on social problems and other topics, some of which is collected in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (1974). He died from head injuries sustained in a fall on April 11, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno
Nota di disambiguazione:

(eng) Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.

Opere di Kurt Vonnegut

Mattatoio n. 5 (1969) 44,156 copie
Ghiaccio-nove (1963) 22,384 copie
La colazione dei campioni (1974) 16,299 copie
Le sirene di Titano (1959) 10,431 copie
Galapagos (1985) 7,730 copie
Madre notte (1961) 7,306 copie
Piano meccanico (1952) 6,847 copie
Cronosisma (1997) 5,424 copie
Hocus Pocus (1990) 5,362 copie
Un uomo senza patria (2005) 4,885 copie
Bluebeard: a novel (1987) 4,555 copie
Un pezzo da galera (1979) 4,134 copie
Il grande tiratore (1982) 3,899 copie
Buon compleanno Wanda June (1970) 717 copie
2BR02B (1962) 660 copie
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters (2012) 402 copie
Complete Stories (2017) 193 copie
The Big Trip Up Yonder (1954) 181 copie
Sun Moon Star (1980) 169 copie
Canary in a Cat House (1950) 117 copie
Slaughterhouse-Five (2010) 86 copie
The Petrified Ants (2009) 86 copie
Slaughterhouse-Five [1972 film] (1972) — Novel — 63 copie
Vonnegut in America (1977) 46 copie
Basic Training (2012) 43 copie
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [Third Edition] (1997) — Collaboratore — 40 copie
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [second edition] (1969) — Collaboratore — 35 copie
The Barnhouse Effect (1950) 19 copie
Welkom op de apenrots (1971) 15 copie
FUBAR (2009) 15 copie
Unready to Wear (1953) 12 copie
Der gläserne Traum (1999) 11 copie
The Lie (1962) 10 copie
The Vonnegut Quartet (1976) 9 copie
Who Am I This Time? (1961) 9 copie
Miss Temptation (1956) 9 copie
Sinbad (Singles Classic) (2016) 9 copie
The Handicapper General (1993) 9 copie
The powder-blue dragon (2008) 8 copie
Slapstick/Mother Night (1979) 6 copie
EPICAC [short story] (1950) 6 copie
Thanasphere 6 copie
Hello, Red (2009) 6 copie
Little Drops of Water (2009) 6 copie
Slice of Life (2016) 6 copie
Ed Luby's Key Club (2009) 5 copie
The Nice Little People (2009) 5 copie
The Good Explainer (2009) 5 copie
Next Door [short story] (1955) 5 copie
The Honor of a Newsboy (2009) 5 copie
Adam [short story] (1954) 5 copie
The Euphio Question (1951) 5 copie
D.P. [short story] (1953) 5 copie
More Stately Mansions (1951) 5 copie
Breakfast of Champions [1999 movie] (1999) — Autore — 5 copie
All The King's Horses (1951) 5 copie
Where I Live (1964) 5 copie
Compadezcan al lector (2021) 4 copie
New Dictionary [essay] (1966) 4 copie
The Manned Missiles (1958) 4 copie
Confido (2009) 3 copie
The Souvenir 3 copie
La sirenas de Titán (2023) 3 copie
A Song for Selma (2009) 3 copie
Hacıyatmaz (2012) 2 copie
Paldir Küldür (2017) 2 copie
Barbablù (2023) 2 copie
Opowiadania wszystkie (2018) 2 copie
Klanica pet (2001) 2 copie
Cold Turkey 2 copie
Runaways 2 copie
Cronosisma 1 copia
Cats Cradle 1 copia
Galpagos 1 copia
Del 1 copia
Ülkesiz Bir Adam (2020) 1 copia
Hokus-pokus (2022) 1 copia
Utópia 14 1 copia
Kuşa Bak (2023) 1 copia
Mnemonics 1 copia
T B R 0 2 B 1 copia
Bard books 1 copia
How to Write with Style (1982) 1 copia
Stories (2012) 1 copia
The Package 1 copia
Kolybel' dlia koshki (2014) 1 copia
Bode Vermelho 1 copia
Vremetres 1 copia
Oko sokolovo 1 copia
Ölümden Beter Yazgilar (2022) 1 copia
Di wu hao tu zai chang (1994) 1 copia
Daha Ne Olsun (2014) 1 copia
Enayinin Portföyü (2016) 1 copia

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The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Collaboratore — 510 copie
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The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Collaboratore — 369 copie
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The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Collaboratore — 291 copie
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Collaboratore — 269 copie
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Collaboratore — 243 copie
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Collaboratore — 196 copie
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Collaboratore — 180 copie
The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991) — Collaboratore — 168 copie
The Ruins of the Earth (1973) — Collaboratore — 162 copie
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010) — Collaboratore — 154 copie
Connoisseur's Science Fiction (1964) — Collaboratore — 146 copie
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work (2010) — Collaboratore — 142 copie
Stories of the Sea (2010) — Collaboratore — 140 copie
Space Odyssey (1983) — Collaboratore — 138 copie
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Collaboratore — 134 copie
Animal Farm and Related Readings (1900) — Collaboratore — 114 copie
An ABC of Science Fiction (1809) — Collaboratore — 104 copie
The Frankenstein Omnibus (1994) — Collaboratore — 103 copie
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Collaboratore — 92 copie
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 11th Series (1962) — Collaboratore — 89 copie
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Collaboratore — 85 copie
CYBERSEX (1996) — Collaboratore — 77 copie
Back to School [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 73 copie
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (2012) — Collaboratore — 70 copie
The Unabridged Mark Twain (1976) — Introduzione — 56 copie
Assignment in Tomorrow: An Anthology (1954) — Collaboratore — 55 copie
Science Fiction (1973) — Autore — 40 copie
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Collaboratore — 32 copie
Long Walk to Forever {play} (1960) — Original story — 32 copie
How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (1985) — Autore — 30 copie
Human Machines: An Anthology of Stories about Cyborgs (1975) — Collaboratore — 30 copie
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Collaboratore — 29 copie
The Fiend (1971) — Collaboratore — 23 copie
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
Love Stories (1975) — Collaboratore — 19 copie
Mother Night [1996 film] (1996) — Author of original — 18 copie
Next Door {play} (1994) — Author of original — 17 copie
Out of This World (1990) — Collaboratore — 16 copie
Masterpieces of Science Fiction (1978) — Autore — 15 copie
Storia del piccolo Mouck (1997) — Traduttore, alcune edizioni9 copie
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1994 (1993) — Author "So it goes." — 9 copie
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Collaboratore — 8 copie
The New Windmill Book of Stories from Different Genres (1998) — Collaboratore — 7 copie
The Short Story & You (1987) — Collaboratore — 7 copie
Playboy Magazine | September 1968 | Erika Toth (1968) — Collaboratore — 3 copie
S-Fマガジン 1984年08月号 (通巻316号) (1984) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


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Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Vonnegut, Kurt
Nome legale
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di nascita
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Luogo di morte
New York, New York, USA
Causa della morte
brain injuries incurred several weeks prior from a fall at his New York brownstone home
Luogo di residenza
New York, New York, USA
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
University of Chicago
Cornell University
Carnegie Institute of Technology
University of Tennessee
Attività lavorative
Vonnegut, Mark (son)
Vonnegut, Edith (daughter)
Krementz, Jill (spouse)
American Humanist Association
U.S. Army (WWII|POW)
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Premi e riconoscimenti
State Author of New York/Edith Wharton Citation of Merit (2001-03)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award [1970]
Humanist of the Year [1992]
Asteroid Namesake [2539]
Purple Heart
Prisoner of War Medal (mostra tutto 8)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (2015)
Carl Sandburg Literary Award (2001)
Breve biografia
Kurt Vonnegut Jr est né à Indianapolis en 1922. Prisonnier de guerre à Dresde pendant cinq mois, il y fut témoin du bombardement de 1945. De retour aux États-Unis, il se mit à écrire. Son roman le plus célèbre, Abattoir 5, resta pendant trois mois en tête des best-sellers américains.
Nota di disambiguazione
Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.



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La conduite de Billy Pilgrim inquiète de plus en plus ses proches. Ce vétéran de la Seconde Guerre mondiale affirme avoir la faculté de voyager dans le temps et l’espace. Il revisite les différentes époques de sa vie passée et future : sa captivité en Allemagne et le terrible bombardement de Dresde dont il fut témoin, sa vie de famille bien rangée aux États-Unis, jusqu’à sa propre mort et son séjour sur une planète extraterrestre… (fonte: retro del blu-ray)
MemorialeSardoShoah | 4 altre recensioni | Apr 18, 2023 |
Nel 1989 – 20 anni dopo la pubblicazione del libro di Vonnegut – è uscita la canzone di Billy Joel “And so it goes”. Difficile non associare queste due opere anche se sembrano decisamente distanti.

Mi piacerebbe sapere se l’autore della canzone è stato in qualche modo influenzato dalla frase così ossessivamente ripetuta nel libro. Sarebbe carino, anche perché due strofe ricordano i temi affrontati da Vonnegut:

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns


And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen

Hanno un bel dire i tralfamadoriani. Come se fosse una cosa semplice - e persino un po’ banale - ignorare le spine delle rose. Che ci vuole! “Passiamo l’eternità guardando i momenti piacevoli”, dicono, come se in ogni vita ci fossero così tanti momenti piacevoli da poter riempire tutto il tempo e poter così tenere gli occhi ben aperti, per poterli guardare tutti.

Guardo ai momenti della mia vita e cerco di vederli come un tratto delle montagne che chiudono l’orizzonte a ovest. Le vedo tute insieme ma sento che manca qualcosa. Manca ciò che sorgerà a est, ciò che sta sorgendo. È curioso ma a differenza di quanto accade ai tralfamadoriani, per noi terrestri è proprio così: guardare al futuro è essere ciechi, abbacinati dalla luce di ciò che sta sorgendo. Solo se si guarda a ovest sembra di poter distinguere le cose e verde i momenti tutti insieme.

Ma c’è ancora questa cosa che ci distingue: solo chiudendo gli occhi possiamo provare a non vedere l’orribile che abbiamo vissuto o che stiamo vivendo.

Come sarebbe bello poter dire: no, non è così che vanno le cose.
… (altro)
claudio.marchisio | 14 altre recensioni | Dec 18, 2022 |
Il soldato americano Billy Pilgrim, ex prigioniero dei tedeschi nel "Mattatoio 5" di Dresda, torna in patria, ma fatica a dimenticare il trauma subito. L'uomo trova rifugia nelle fantasticherie della sua mente, che hanno a che fare con una seconda vita aliena. (fonte:
MemorialeSardoShoah | 4 altre recensioni | Mar 9, 2021 |
Non sono una fan di Vonnegut e neanche avevo mai letto suoi libri, quando mi sono però ritrovata tra le mani questo volume con una copertina carinissima, un titolo accattivante e poche pagine... non ho resistito.
Il volume contiene 9 discorsi tenuti dall'autore ai laureandi di varie accademie tra il 1978 e il 2004, 9 cosidetti "commencement speech" nei quali possiamo trovare di tutto, battute, riferimenti alla storia e al mondo contemporaneo e spunti di riflessioni, con ironia e humor Kurt riesce ad intrattenere e dare ai giovani la giusta scossa per affrontare la vita e il futuro professionale e non. Ho apprezzato molto i discorsi contenuti nel volume e dopo averli letti sono curiosissima di scoprire la persona che li ha fatti, di leggere gli altri suoi libri e scoprire di più della sua vita. Ahimè Vonnegut è morto nel 2007 spero comunque di poter rimediare al tempo perduto e riscoprire l'uomo che era tramite le sue opere, il viaggio alla riscoperta di questo scrittore è appena iniziato e spero di non rimanerne delusa… (altro)
GiadaLexy | 15 altre recensioni | Sep 27, 2020 |


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