Armageddon in Retrospect Author:Kurt Vonnegut A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he&... more »#39;d been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.
Letter from PFC Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to his family, May 29, 1945 --
Kurt Vonnegut at Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, April 27, 2007 --
This is vintage Vonnegut: a collection of sketches and stories that were previously unpublished. Unfortunately, except for the opening letter (1945) and the speech (2007), none of them are dated. Most of the sketches and stories knock on the same door. They are reminiscent of his days as a prisoner of war in Germany and his subsequent liberation. As an avid fan, I recognize in them many of his oft-stated views of life, war, politics, etc. The final item, that lends title to the volume, seems a bit more pessimistic: more like his essays in A Man Without a Country. The reader is also treated to several of his drawings and quips including his self-portrait and his infamous asterisk from Breakfast of Champions.