eBook-Tipp: Deadeye Dick – SciFi von Kurt Vonnegut

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Deadeye Dick

SciFi von Kurt Vonnegut

Rudy Waltz (aka „Deadeye Dick“) is the lead in this latter day Vonnegut novel. Waltz, our protagonist, moves through the book trying to make sense of a life that is rife with disaster; there is a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, the total annihilation of a city by nuclear holocaust and, believe it or not, more. Waltz, a diarist, becomes symbolic of a person living a fraught post-technological life in which frailty is as likely to be a person’s undoing as any bomb.

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922 – 2007 war einer der ganz Großen der amerikanischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Er hat zwischen Science Fiction, Satire und bitterem Humor eine ganz eigene Stimme entwickelt. Persönliche Downloadempfehlung von mir! “Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist” (Time) (2.815 Rezensionen / 4,2 Sterne), 290 Seiten noch günstig?

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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

SciFi von Kurt Vonnegut

Eliot Rosewater is tortured by a fabulous inheritance he feels he does not deserve, so he devotes himself to drink, and to a life serving the dull, the ugly, the irrelevant and the useless. This is a novel about the pleasures, pains and perversions of people and money. It is the story of a millionaire’s lunacy, the obsessions of a famous family and the collective madness of a nation.

SciFi mit einer satirischen Wendung. “[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense.” (The Atlantic Monthly) (237 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 290 Seiten noch günstig?

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Bluebeard

SciFi von Kurt Vonnegut

Bluebeard, published in 1987, is Vonnegut’s meditation on art, artists, surrealism, and disaster. Meet Rabo Karabekian, a moderately successful surrealist painter, who we meet late in life and see struggling (like all of Vonnegut’s key characters), with the dregs of unresolved pain and the consequences of brutality. Loosely based on the legend of Bluebeard (best realized in Bela Bartok’s one-act opera), the novel follows Karabekian through the last events in his life that is heavy with women, painting, artistic ambition, artistic fraudulence, and as of yet unknown consequence.

Ein ironischer Blick auf die Kunstwelt. “Read and re-read this book multiple times. Love Bluebeard for its simplicity in terms of plot and for its complex examination of the full spectrum of personal relations among relatives, strangers, colleagues and even people whom we may not even like but with whom we nevertheless associate.” (Leser) (175 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 338 Seiten noch günstig?

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Player Piano

SciFi von Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano (1952), Vonnegut’s first novel, embeds and foreshadows themes which are to be parsed and dramatized by academians for centuries to come. His future society–a marginal extrapolation, Vonnegut wrote, of the situation he observed as an employee of General Electric in which machines were replacing people increasingly and without any regard for their fate–is mechanistic and cruel, indifferent to human consequence, almost in a state of merriment as human wreckage accumulates.

Ein ironischer Blick auf die Kunstwelt. “An exuberant, crackling style . . . Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma.” (Life (247 Rezensionen / 4,2 Sterne), 354 Seiten noch günstig?

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