A Novel

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 0440339065

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.” Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties. “Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five

Author: Harold Bloom,Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438128746


Page: 192

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Presents a collection of critical essays about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five.

A Study Guide for Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410336530

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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A Study Guide for Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Constructing Slaughterhouse-Five

Author: Marc Regler

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638644820


Page: 60

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3 (B), University of Stuttgart (American Studies), course: Postmodern Fiction, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Constructing Slaughterhouse-Five is a close reading of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It puts a special focus on the aspects of time and temporal structure in relation to the novel form and its narrative structure in relation to the protagonist Billy Pilgrim's personal trauma, his war experience and his time travelling in relation to the alternative model of time of the Tralfamadorians. Thus, it concentrates on the postmodernist criticism of an uncritical believe in linear time, teleology and progression as also represented in the form of linear narratives.

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five

Reflections and Recollections of the American Ex-POWs of Schlachthof Fünf, Dresden, Germany

Author: Ervin E. Szpek, Jr.,Frank J. Idzikowski

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440105677

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five chronicles the story of 150 American POWs captured in the Battle of the Bulge and eventually caught up in one of the greatest tragedies of World War II---the firebombing of Dresden. This collection includes oral histories, previously unpublished memoirs, and letters from home and from the front that together tell their compelling story in their own words. From simple hometown beginnings through the awakenings of military life in basic training, from assignment on the supposed "quiet zone" in Belgium to the unexpected Battle of the Bulge, from forced march and entrainment to eventual assignment on work details in Dresden --- the "Florence of the Elbe," to the inferno of Dresden on February 13-14, 1945, and the gruesome work details to follow, the individual and collective recollections and reflections of these 150 young men, the men housed in the famed Slaughterhouse Five, reveal a very personal side of war and the struggle for survival. Yet repatriation did not bring closure to this chapter of their young lives for like shadows their memories would forever be part of them. Today more than sixty years after the firebombing of Dresden, the statue of a steer wishing health and happiness to the citizens of Dresden still stands at the entrance to the public slaughterhouse, a silent witness to the maelstrom that descended upon Dresden and this group of 150 American POWs housed within, Now after more than 60 years of silence for most of these men, Kurt Vonnegut's fellow POWs tell their story of Slaughterhouse Five, in their words as they saw it --- dog face young soldiers assured that the war was soon to be over!

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade

A Duty-dance with Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781442088030

Category: Free will and determinism

Page: 275

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Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143812709X

Category: Science fiction

Page: 114

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Discusses the characters, plot and writing of Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut. Includes critical essays on the novel and a brief biography of the author.

Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" as an Anti-War Novel

A Depiction of the Protagonists

Author: Jasmin Wolfram,Mareike Hachemer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656583218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

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Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Department of English and Linguistics), course: Slaughterhouse Five, language: English, abstract: The novel “Slaughterhouse-Five“, written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1969, is about Billy Pilgrim, a man, who has “become unstuck in time”, which means that he travels through different periods of his life. The novel starts with an autobiographical part, which is about Kurt Vonnegut’s life after the Second World War. In the following parts Vonnegut writes about Billy Pilgrim. The reader learns that as a young adult Billy Pilgrim is a soldier in the Second World War just like Kurt Vonnegut was. He survives this war with the help of other soldiers and later on he settles as a bourgeois civilian with his wife Valencia Merble and his two children. Kurt Vonnegut tells the reader that in the time of the Second World War Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time, and has been kidnapped by aliens from a planet called Tralfamadore. The reader gets to know Billy Pilgrim's life story as well as his personality. As a round character Billy is shown in different situations with all his emotions and thoughts. Vonnegut describes traumatic events in Billy’s childhood and also emotionally important events in his grown-up life, like his 18th wedding anniversary. After the awful situations Billy witnessed in the Second World War, for instance the Dresden bombing, and an airplane crash he survives, Billy says he was kidnapped by a flying saucer. This could be a sign of Billy Pilgrim suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which will be examined in the following text. Although the novel contains sad and cruel topics, the tone of the novel is generally sarcastic and unemotional. Billy Pilgrim's life and the literary style of “Slaughterhouse-Five“ inevitably lead to the question: In How Far Does Kurt Vonnegut's Depiction of the Protagonists in “Slaughterhouse-Five” Contribute to the Novel Being an Anti-War Novel? Since Vonnegut's publishers call Slaughterhouse-Five “one of the world's great anti-war books” and Vonnegut himself promised his friend Mary O'Hare to write an anti-war novel, these statements will be examined in this essay.

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Author: William Bly

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series

ISBN: 9780764191237

Category: Study Aids

Page: 110

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A guide to reading "Slaughterhouse Five" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

Slaughterhouse-Five (MAXNotes Literature Guides)

Author: Tonnvane Wiswell

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738673424

Category: Study Aids

Page: 114

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REA's MAXnotes for Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughterhouse-Five MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each section of the work is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.


reforming the novel and the world

Author: Jerome Klinkowitz

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

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Describes the background of Slaughterhouse-Five, discusses its themes, and looks at its critical reception

Schlachthof 5

oder Der Kinderkreuzzung

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455814050

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

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Endlich in neuer Übersetzung: Schlachthof 5 oder Der Kinderkreuzzug, einer der wichtigsten Antikriegsromane der Weltliteratur und Meisterwerk der amerikanischen Postmoderne. - Billy Pilgrim hat als US-Soldat die Ardennenoffensive überlebt und als Kriegsgefangener das Bombeninferno von Dresden. Zurück in seiner Heimat fällt er aus der Zeit, er bewegt sich zwischen den verschiedenen Episoden seiner Biographie: der Hochzeitsnacht und dem Kriegsgefangenenlager, einer Nervenheilanstalt und einem ehemaligen Schlachthof in Dresden, das der Bombenhagel in eine Mondlandschaft verwandelt, einer behäbigen Existenz als Optiker und einem Zoogehege auf dem Planeten Tralfamadore, wo Billy Pilgrim als Spezies Mensch ausgestellt wird. - Was macht der Krieg mit einem Menschen? Was machen die Bilder und Erinnerungen?, fragt dieser autobiographisch gefärbte Roman, der ein Kaleidoskop des Irrsinns und des Absurden entwirft und weniger die Zerstörung einer Stadt beschreibt als die eines Menschen.

Kurt VonNegut's Slaughterhouse-Five As Historiographic Metafiction

Author: Markus Schneider

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656057648


Page: 36

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Bamberg (Professur fur Amerikanistik), course: American Historiographic Metafiction, 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: Aus dem Gutachten: "Die [...] Arbeit uberzeugt alles in allem inhaltlich wie argumentativ. Slaughterhouse-Five wird uberzeugend als historiographic metafiction analysiert." Ich mochte noch hinzufugen, dass ich in dieser Version alle Korrekturvorschlage umgesetzt habe und es sich hier um die korregierte Fassung handelt., abstract: The representation of history depends mainly on the perspective, attitude and cultural background of the beholder; which at the same time marks the major flaw of historiography. One topic or event will never be identically described by two historians, even if they are given the very same materials and sources to work with. As a consequence, historiography can only try to create an image, as true and original as possible, but is never able to depict everything that happened as it actually was in its full scope. So there were and always will be fictional elements and interpretations in the reports and writings about past events. This assumption leads us to historiographic metafiction, a style of writing that emerged during the postmodern era. If there is fiction in scholarly historiography, where is the difference between that and a novel that deals with history? This term paper will try to give an answer to that question and examine features and characteristics of historiographic metafiction, which eventually will be applied to Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. In postmodern literature and, of course, especially in historiographic metafiction, authors tried to find new ways of telling stories and particularly representing history. I will take a closer look at the narrative frame and especially the concept of time Vonnegut used in the novel. But how is history represented in Slaughterhouse-Fi"


BookCaps Study Guide

Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1610429982

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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The perfect companion to Kurt Vonnegut’s "Slaughterhouse-Five," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

CliffsNotes on Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Author: Dennis S Smith

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544183967

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 84

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An odd book in that it mixes elements of science fiction with psychological analysis, Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a GI prisoner of war. He time-travels and wanders through a mysterious ether where spatial-temporal relationships are at odds with what we accept as reality.

Slaughterhouse 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099800209

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

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A man has come unstuck in time and jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next. In the end he learns he must concentrate on the good things and ignore the bad in life.

War in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five

Author: Claudia Durst Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780737758177

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 167

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Presents a collection of essays on the theme of war as depicted in the novel, along with a short biography and interview with the author.

Summary and Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five

Based on the Book by Kurt Vonnegut

Author: Worth Books

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504044029

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 30

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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Slaughterhouse-Five tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Kurt Vonnegut’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Analysis of the main characters Themes and symbols Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Kurt Vonnegut’s New York Times–bestselling novel is one of the twentieth century’s great anti-war novels. It tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, an American soldier in World War II, who survives the firebombing of Dresden. More than a satire of the effects of war, Slaughterhouse-Five is journey through space and time, challenging our perceptions of humanity, free will, and the universe itself. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.