• A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonneguts hilariously funny and razorsharp look at life ("If I dieGod forbidI would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."), politics ("I asked former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he thought of our great victory over Iraq and he said, Mohammed Ali versus Mr. Rogers."), and the condition of the soul of America today ("What has happened to us?").
    Based on short essays and speeches composed over the last five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man Without a Country gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching.

  • Wilbur Swain and his twin sister, Eliza, are so immensely hideous, helpless and vile in their infancy that their wealthy parents are forced to send them to live on a nearby asteroid. But behind their facade of idiocy, the monstrous pair possess a joint intelligence that could outstrip the most advanced computers...

  • Pay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one sent him to Harvard. Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy-five sent him to prison for his part in the American political scandals known collectively as 'Watergate'.



    Now Walter F. Starbuck is coming out of jail, into the brave new world of 1980s Manhattan, and this is the story of his first twenty-four hours of freedom.

  • Anglais Timequake

    Vonnegut Kurt

    There's been a timequake. And everyone-'even you-'must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time-'minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.

  • The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.
    A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.

  • Anglais Hocus Pocus

    Vonnegut Kurt

    'After you have read one of Kurt Vonnegut's gleefully pessimistic novels, his words go on colouring your world for a long time afterwards... not to read him would be to miss out on lessons that need to be learned about the age we live in' Sunday Times 'It is all done with voice. Vonnegut is a master of the first-person, manic-depressive stand-up' Observer 'Although it is set in the near future, Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date, and shows the struggle of an artist a little impatient with allegory and more than a little impatient with his own country' New York Times Book Review

  • Voici l'histoire d'une rencontre entre deux hommes solitaires, maigrichons et plus tout jeunes. Le premier, Kilgore Trout, obscur auteur de science-fiction, passe ses soirées à prédire l'apocalypse à son seul ami, Bill, une perruche. Quant à Dwayne Hoover, riche concessionnaire Pontiac dont l'unique compagnon est un chien nommé Sparky, il est sur le point de perdre la tête. Lorsque Kilgore Trout rencontre Dwayne au cours d'un festival, il lui offre l'un de ses romans. La lecture de ce livre va transformer Dwayne en monstre.

  • "Je suis américain de naissance, nazi de réputation et apatride par inclination." Ainsi s'ouvrent les confessions de Howard W. Campbell Jr. qui attend d'être jugé pour crimes de guerre dans une cellule de Jérusalem. Ce dramaturge exilé en Allemagne est connu pour avoir été le propagandiste de radio le plus zélé du régime nazi. Mais il clame aujourd'hui son innocence et prétend n'avoir été qu'un agent infiltré au service des Alliés. Il lui reste désormais peu de temps pour se disculper et sauver sa peau.

  • Riche héritier, pompier bénévole, vétéran de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, passablement porté sur la bouteille, Eliot Rosewater ne se reconnaît pas dans la devise de sa famille : Prendre trop, bien trop, ou se retrouver sans rien. Lui préférant de loin Nom de Dieu, il faut être bon, Eliot part appliquer sa maxime aux âmes qui vivent sur ses terres, dans le comté de Rosewater, Indiana. Là, en doux dingue, il répond aux appels au feu et aux appels à l'aide des infortunés. Mais le personnage principal de cette fable sur les gens est une somme d'argent qu'un avocat véreux tente d'empocher.

    Avec un humour décapant et un esprit affûté, Kurt Vonnegut, immense figure de la littérature américaine, conte la destinée d'un illuminé qui a décidé d'en finir avec le capitalisme.

  • Tremblement de temps

    Kurt Vonnegut


    La réalité ? Quelle réalité ?

    Le dernier roman inédit du trublion génial des lettres américaines.
    2001 : un " tremblement de terre temporel " renvoie tout le monde en 1991. Un nouveau départ ? Pas vraiment. L'histoire recommence à l'identique. Les gens commettent des erreurs déjà commises, les mêmes catastrophes se produisent encore et encore. Qui délivrera l'humanité de son infernale apathie ? Kilgore Trout lui-même, l'alter ego littéraire de l'auteur ?
    Tel aurait pu être le nouveau roman de Kurt Vonnegut, l'auteur culte d'Abattoir 5 et du Petit déjeuner des champions. Sauf que Kurt n'a pas envie de l'écrire. En tout cas, pas comme ça. À la place, il livre au lecteur la genèse de son récit avorté, et en profite pour l'embarquer dans un étourdissant voyage au pays de la fiction.
    Brillante méditation sur les États-Unis, la guerre, les amis, la famille et les choix qui nous composent - la vie, quoi d'autre ? -, Tremblement de temps est un objet littéraire unique, à mi-chemin entre le roman et l'autobiographie.
    Vonnegut s'y dévoile comme jamais, et livre les clés d'une oeuvre dont le succès, ici comme ailleurs, ne s'est jamais démenti.

  • Kurt Vonnegut, romancier et satiriste d'exception, était en son temps l'un des orateurs les plus demandés pour les cérémonies de remise de diplômes. Chaque fois, il savait trouver des mots originaux, pertinents et drôles, dont les étudiants se souvenaient longtemps. Elle est pas belle, la vie ? rassemble des discours que l'écrivain a prononcés dans neuf universités entre 1978 et 2004. Tantôt hilarantes, tantôt incisives, en roue libre ou du plus profond sérieux, ces réflexions sont parfaites pour quiconque fait l'expérience de ce que Vonnegut appelle "la cérémonie tant attendue de la puberté", marquant la transition entre les études et la vie d'adulte.

    Un cadeau sans pareil pour tous ceux qui souhaitent découvrir un point de vue différent, atypique, cerné par le sens de l'humour grinçant de Vonnegut, mais aussi par son humanité et la foi qu'il porte en notre morale fondamentale. Un livre prophétique et exaltant dont chaque mot résonne avec une modernité cinglante.

  • Look at the Birdie evokes a world in which squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town Lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence.In "Confido," a family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention.In "Ed Luby's Key Club," a man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town.In "Look at the Birdie," a quack psychiatrist turned "murder counsellor" concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients.The stories are cautionary they also brim with his trademark humour.

    Wry, ironic, satirical and poignant Look at the Birdie reflects the anxieties of the postwar era in which they were written and provides an insight into the development of Vonnegut's early style

  • First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II-a piece that is as timely today as it was then-to a painfully funny short story about three privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegut's last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, with an introduction by the author's son, Mark Vonnegut. Armageddon in Retrospect says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

  • In While Mortals Sleep men and machines, art and artifice, fortune and fame become curiously twisted. A travelling salesman falls in love a robot, Jenny, a refrigerator with personality. A man plays with his model trains too much until the women in his life decide to take matters into their own hands.A young typist receives a plea for help on her Dictaphone - it is from an escaped, dying murderer hiding somewhere in the works of her company's factory. In the title story, a hard-nosed reporter is called upon to judge the annual Christmas lights competition - a job that leads him to learn something about the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Anglais Jailbird

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Pay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one sent him to Harvard. Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy-five sent him to prison for his part in the American political scandals known collectively as 'Watergate'.

    Now Walter F. Starbuck is coming out of jail, into the brave new world of 1980s Manhattan, and this is the story of his first twenty-four hours of freedom.

  • Anglais Bluebeard

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventyone, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life storyand Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, hearthammering truth about mans careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Timequake

    Kurt Vonnegut

    According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will - not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.

  • 'After you have read one of Kurt Vonnegut's gleefully pessimistic novels, his words go on colouring your world for a long time afterwards... not to read him would be to miss out on lessons that need to be learned about the age we live in' Sunday Times 'It is all done with voice. Vonnegut is a master of the first-person, manic-depressive stand-up' Observer 'Although it is set in the near future, Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date, and shows the struggle of an artist a little impatient with allegory and more than a little impatient with his own country' New York Times Book Review

  • In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.

  • The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course thereyes'>#8217;s a catch to the invitationyes'>#8211;and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Deadeye Dick

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Rudolf Waltz's principal objection to life was that it was too easy to make horrible mistakes. He was himself to become a double-murderer at the age of twelve - on Mother's Day. This would at least make subsequent mistakes seem fairly trivial.

    Rudolf's father, Otto Waltz, had in 1910 bought a painting in Vienna from a destitute Adolf Hitler, thereby possibly saving him from starvation for a future generation. He made the further mistake of setting himself up as an artist when he returned from Europe to Midland City, Ohio, where everyone knew Otto couldn't draw for sour apples. He had funds to indulge this grand illusion (in the splendor of a vast converted 'medieval granary' studio, reminiscent of Mount Fujiyama) because his father had made a fortune producing an opium-and-cocaine-laced quack medicine called Saint Elmo's Remedy, popularly known to be 'absolutely harmless unless discontinued'. The Waltz inheritance even stretched to a troupe of black servants, which was just as well since Rudy's mother was as disinclined to look after a home as his 'artist' father was to paint.

  • Anglais Palm Sunday

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Kurt Vonnegut, described by Graham Greene as "One of the best living American writers", is equally well known as an essayist and commentator on American society as he is as a novelist. This volume brings together the best of his shorter work - essays, stories, speeches, letters, articles and autobiography.

  • Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegutyes'>mdash;wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes.
    What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.

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