The only thing that makes going back to work on a Monday after a 2 week vacation fun is learning that your favorite author has a new book coming out on April 1, despite the fact that he died last year.
Even better, there is an author event on April 1 featuring his son, Mark Vonnegut, who wrote the introduction. I could not be more excited about this. Well, on second thought, I could… if Kurt Vonnegut was still alive and going to attend the event himself. But I’m super excited nonetheless.
From Putnam’s Spring/Summer 2008 Catalog: (pages 11 and 12)
Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut’s trademark rueful humor, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II—an essay that is as timely today as it was then—to a painfully funny short story about three Army privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegut’s last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, and an introduction by the author’s son, Mark Vonnegut.
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