Read Kurt Vonnegut’s powerful masterpiece, which is as timely now as when it was first published. ‘An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread.
He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review Billy Pilgrim – hapless barber’s assistant, successful optometrist, alien abductee, senile widower and soldier – has become unstuck in time. Hiding in the basement of a slaughterhouse in Dresden, with the city and its inhabitants burning above him, he finds himself a survivor of one of the most deadly and destructive battles of the Second World War. But when, exactly? How did he get here? And how does he get out?Travel through time and space on the shoulders of Vonnegut himself.
This is a book about war. Listen to what he has to say: it is of the utmost urgency. ‘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.’ George Saunders