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Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

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Publisher Comments:

Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut.

Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake (1997), would be his last, but no one as imaginative and in love with language and story can resist the lure of the page, and it's obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories. Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut's earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and sixties for such popular venues as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's.

In his engagingly autobiographical introduction, Vonnegut describes his stints as a Chicago journalist and PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York; his decision to supplement his income by writing; and his rapid success and evolution into a full-time writer. So, here are his literary roots, a set of stories that reflects their era's eagerness to turn the horrors of war into anecdote and to equate technology with progress. Unabashedly fablelike, they can be either sly or sweet, sentimental or vaudevillian, but all are quietly subversive.

Review:

"He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion". Jay McInerney, New York Times

Review:

"Vonnegut evokes the cynical chortle, the knowing grin, the inner laughter that soothes our troubled reflections....He's mad as hell and laughing all the way to the Apocalypse." Playboy

Review:

"These 23 short stories, dating from the early 1950's, are amiable, bittersweet, often with O. Henry-like twists and turns." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Review:

"Throughout this collection, the storytelling is precise and clear. Vonnegut writes with such simple vision, his prose so graceful." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The publications of his uncollected short fiction in Bagombo Snuff Box, a new audience of readers can discover the simple pleasures of Vonnegut's stories." Houston Chronicle

Synopsis:

Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut.

"Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake (1997), would be his last, but no one as imaginative and in love with language and story can resist the lure of the page, and it's obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories. Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut's earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and sixties for such popular venues as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. In his engagingly autobiographical introduction, Vonnegut describes his stints as a Chicago journalist and PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York; his decision to supplement his income by writing; and his rapid success and evolution into a full-time writer. So, here are his literary roots, a set of stories that reflects their era's eagerness to turn the horrors of war into anecdote and to equate technology with progress. Unabashedly fablelike, they can be either sly or sweet, sentimental or vaudevillian, but all are quietly subversive. . . . Rich in low-key humor and good old-fashioned morality, Vonnegut's stories are both wily and tender." —Booklist

"You trust this voice . . . the pretentious are all brought to earth with his wit . . . These stories . . . speak only of simple truths." —Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and Timequake comes this new compilation of short fiction, twenty-three previously uncollected stories. These vignettes of American life draw on Kurt Vonnegut's World War Two experiences and the resolute optimism of the country after the war. Together, they present a poignant and humorous portrayal of an America peopled with overzealous high school band directors and their students ("Ambitious Sophomore"), rebellious housewives ("Custom-Made Bride") and boasting salesmen ("Bagombo Snuff Box"), soldiers misplaced during the war ("Der Arme Dolmetscher") and people lost in their own gadget-filled homes ("The Package").<P>In an era before television, Kurt Vonnegut found a ready and willing audience in the readers of such magazines as Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Argosy, and Redbook. These rare, rediscovered tales give us a glimpse into a more innocent America — and into the developing genius of one of the greatest writers of our time.

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Table of Contents

Preface by Peter Reed

Introduction

Thanasphere

Mnemonics

Any Reasonable Offer

The Package

The No-Talent Kid

Poor Little Rich Town

Souvenir

The Cruise of the Jolly Roger

Custom-Made Bride

Ambitious Sophomore

Bagombo Snuff Box

The Powder-Blue Dragon

A Present for Big Saint Nick

Unpaid Consultant

Der Arme Dolmetscher

The Boy Who Hated Girls

This Son of Mine

A Night for Love

Find Me a Dream

Runaways

2BR02B

Lovers Anonymous

Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp

Coda to My Career as a Writer for Periodicals

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425174463
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
FM 6-60
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.19 x 1 in 0.68 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion".
"Review" by , "Vonnegut evokes the cynical chortle, the knowing grin, the inner laughter that soothes our troubled reflections....He's mad as hell and laughing all the way to the Apocalypse."
"Review" by , "These 23 short stories, dating from the early 1950's, are amiable, bittersweet, often with O. Henry-like twists and turns."
"Review" by , "Throughout this collection, the storytelling is precise and clear. Vonnegut writes with such simple vision, his prose so graceful."
"Review" by , "The publications of his uncollected short fiction in Bagombo Snuff Box, a new audience of readers can discover the simple pleasures of Vonnegut's stories."
"Synopsis" by ,
Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut.

"Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake (1997), would be his last, but no one as imaginative and in love with language and story can resist the lure of the page, and it's obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories. Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut's earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and sixties for such popular venues as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. In his engagingly autobiographical introduction, Vonnegut describes his stints as a Chicago journalist and PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York; his decision to supplement his income by writing; and his rapid success and evolution into a full-time writer. So, here are his literary roots, a set of stories that reflects their era's eagerness to turn the horrors of war into anecdote and to equate technology with progress. Unabashedly fablelike, they can be either sly or sweet, sentimental or vaudevillian, but all are quietly subversive. . . . Rich in low-key humor and good old-fashioned morality, Vonnegut's stories are both wily and tender." —Booklist

"You trust this voice . . . the pretentious are all brought to earth with his wit . . . These stories . . . speak only of simple truths." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and Timequake comes this new compilation of short fiction, twenty-three previously uncollected stories. These vignettes of American life draw on Kurt Vonnegut's World War Two experiences and the resolute optimism of the country after the war. Together, they present a poignant and humorous portrayal of an America peopled with overzealous high school band directors and their students ("Ambitious Sophomore"), rebellious housewives ("Custom-Made Bride") and boasting salesmen ("Bagombo Snuff Box"), soldiers misplaced during the war ("Der Arme Dolmetscher") and people lost in their own gadget-filled homes ("The Package").<P>In an era before television, Kurt Vonnegut found a ready and willing audience in the readers of such magazines as Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Argosy, and Redbook. These rare, rediscovered tales give us a glimpse into a more innocent America — and into the developing genius of one of the greatest writers of our time.
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