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The Sirens of Titanby Kurt Vonnegut
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The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraived man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation...and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.
"His best book....He dares not only to ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it." Esquire
"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer....A zany but moral mad scientist." Time
After crashing his spaceship, Winston Niles Rumfoord is transformed into a "wave phenomenon," a telepathic being who travels in an orbit from the sun to the constellation Betelgeuse, landing on Earth once every 59 days. Rumfoord drafts an earthling named Malachi Constant as the prophet of a new religion. Constant travel to distant planets in search of cosmic enlightenment, then returns to Earth with this message: "I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all."
In Vonnegut's tale of the near future, a cold and malevolent universe is all that humanity can ever know.
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut is a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric 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 Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers."
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