Kurt Vonnegut by Kurt Vonnegut
The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

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Letters to friends and family and colleagues are crafted artifacts, for sure, riddled with evasions and dissembling...The reader, discovering motifs and emergent themes, becomes a kind of biographical collaborator.
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One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of conversations—including his last published interview.

During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut—which collects interviews from throughout his career—we learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.

From Kurt Vonnegut's Last Interview

Is there another book in you, by chance?

No. Look, I’m 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time they’re 45. Chess masters are through when they’re 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.

So what’s the old man’s game, then?

My country is in ruins. So I’m a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I’m mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That’s why I served in World War II, and that’s why I wrote books.

When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?

Well, I’d like the guy—or the girl, of course—to put the book down and think, “This is the greatest man who ever lived.”
 

About Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut was 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 was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Melville House. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by KURT ANDERSEN on Oct 26 2012

Letters to friends and family and colleagues are crafted artifacts, for sure, riddled with evasions and dissembling...The reader, discovering motifs and emergent themes, becomes a kind of biographical collaborator.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Killian Fox on Feb 25 2012

...the great writer flits through several of his key concerns – humanism, war, the state of America...

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Above average
Reviewed by Drew Toal on Oct 30 2012

Letters should be read as a necessary companion piece to Charles J. Shields' evenhanded 2011 Vonnegut biography, And So It Goes.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Beerman on Nov 23 2012

If these letters are any indication, Vonnegut was exactly what he pretended to be, and this masterful collection comprises the truest reflection of who that is.

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