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A Man without a Countryby Kurt Vonnegut
Synopses & Reviews
A Man without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life (If I die — God forbid — I 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?). Gleaned from 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.
"Vonnegut actually proves to be whip smart and razor sharp throughout this thin volume....[And] writes with an assured wit and a layer of doom that is more a resigned warning than a full-on sermon." Oregonian
"Again and again in this new book, Mr. Vonnegut instructs his readers not to neglect their own minds, to nurture them, indulge them even. The best thing one could say about this book is that it would be a great place to kick off that necessary decadence." Dallas Morning News
"Vonnegut seems to find renewed fire in our dire situation: the attack on civil liberties, the reduction of social safety nets for those who need it most and the unpleasant spectacle of our nation thuggishly squabbling over fossil fuels even as the world roasts in global warming." San Francisco Chronicle
"Vonnegut...is either the world's most optimistic pessimist or its most pessimistic optimist, and his new collection of essays...is filled with his usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity." Chicago Tribune
Gleaned from short essays and speeches composed over the last five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man without a Country delivers Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans.
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut is among the very few grandmasters of contemporary American letters, without whom the very term American literature would mean less than it does. His novels include Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five, among so many others. Projects with Seven Stories Press in recent years include God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and, with Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands with God, a book about writing. His most recent novel is Timequake (1997). In addition to his writing, Vonnegut is a visual artist of note. His paintings and prints can be seen at www.vonnegut.com. He lives with his wife, photographer Jill Krementz, in New York City.
Daniel Simon is founder and publisher of Seven Stories Press and served as editor on two previous books by Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and, with Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands with God. Simon is also co-author of a biography of Abbie Hoffman, Run, Run, Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman.
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