by Kurt Vonnegut, Benjamin Kunkel
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kurt Vonnegut du Berceau du Chat is an irreverent and very entertaining fantasy of the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists, beautifully reworked in the Penguin Essentials range.”All true things, I’m about to tell you are shameless lies.”Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, left a murderous legacy to the world.He is the inventor of the Ice-Nine, a deadly chemical capable of freezing the entire planet.The search for its location leads to Hoenikker’s three eccentric children, to a crazy dictator in the Caribbean, to madnessVa Felix Hoenikker the Dream DeathHis last one, disastrous to humanity, is reaching the end that, for all of us, is close.Says Kurt Vonnegut, a cult cult tale of world apocalypse tale, nourished by our deepest fears of attending to the end and, even worse, of survival with humor and bitter irony.The time to read Vonnegut is just when you start to suspect that the world is not what it seems to be.It’s not just entertaining, it’s electrocution.You read to him with immense pleasure, for he makes your hair stand on the end “of the New York Times, One of the warmer, wiser, funniest voices to be found anywhere in the fiction” Daily Telegraph’ Vonnegut looked the world straight into the eyes and never wavered ” JGBallardKurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922.He studied at the University of Chicago and Tennessee, and later began to write short stories for magazines.His first novel, Playing Piano, was published in 1951 and was followed by Les Sirènes de Titan (1959), Mother of the Night (1961), Cradle of the Cat (1963), May God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968); a collection of short stories, from a Slaughterhouse of Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Burles (1969)He is also the author of a number of
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