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Kurt Vonnegut is a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as a "true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He is, as Graham Green has declared, "one of the best living American writers."

"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer... A zany but moral mad scientist." -- Time

Mother Night

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.

Year: 1961
Genre: LiteratureWorld War Two

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of the twentieth century's most important works--and Vonnegut at his very best.

Year: 1963
Genre: Literature


Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.

Year: 1969
Genre: LiteratureScience FictionWorld War Two



Year TitleGenres & Tags

1952Player PianoScience Fiction
1959The Sirens of TitanScience Fiction
1961Mother NightLiteratureWorld War Two , Nazi
1963Cat's CradleLiterature
1969Slaughterhouse-FiveLiteratureScience FictionWorld War Two
1973Breakfast of ChampionsLiterature
1985GalapagosScience Fiction , Time Shift