The Vonnegut Effect –

Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes and forms on the literary cutting edge This is the Vonnegut effect that Jerome Klinkowitz finds unique among postmodern authors forces in American life that have made Vonnegut's works possiblesome would say necessary Born inand still writing trenchantly thanyears later, Vonnegut shares with readers a world that includes the Great Depression, during which his family lost their economic support; the Second World War, in which he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and experienced the firebombing of Dresden; the corporate surge of postwar America, which he abetted as a publicist for General Electric's Research Laboratory, where Progress Is Our Most Important Product; the entrepreneurship of the s, which he participated in when he ran a Saab automobile dealership and operated a shortstory business, selling to the era's family magazines; and the countercultural revolt of the s, during which his fiction first gained prominence Vonnegut also takes us through the growth in recent decades of America's sway in art, which his fiction celebrates, and geopolitics, which his novels question Klinkowitz offers The Vonnegut Effect as a thorough treatment of the author's fictiona canon covering than a half century and compromisingbooks Considering both Vonnegut's methods and the cultural needs they have served, Klinkowitz explains how those works came to be written and concludes with an assessment of the author's place in the tradition of American fiction

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  1. Loren Loren says:

    I think I'll need to read a lot more Vonnegut before I can compare my take objectively.