Brown University


We are What We Pretend to Be: The First and Last Works

by Kurt Vonnegut
Da Capo Press, October 2013   ISBN: 978-030682278-0
Price: $12.99

"Called 'our finest black-humorist' by 'The Atlantic Monthly,' Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century…Basic Training was never published in Vonnegut's lifetime. It appears to have been written in the late 1940s and is therefore Vonnegut's first ever novella…Entitled If God Were Alive Today, this last work is a brutal satire on societal ignorance and carefree denial of the world's major problems…In this fiction collection, published in print for the first time, exist Vonnegut's grand themes: trust no one, trust nothing; and the only constants are absurdity and resignation, which themselves cannot protect us from the void but might divert."

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