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Kurt Vonnegut, R.I.P.Obituary


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#1 dirac

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 10:24 AM

Kurt Vonnegut has died at age 84.

The defining moment of Vonnegut's life was the firebombing of Dresden, Germany by Allied Forces in 1945, an event he witnessed as a young prisoner of war, the newspaper said.

Dresden was the basis for ``Slaughterhouse-Five,'' which was published in 1969 against the backdrop of war in Vietnam, racial unrest and cultural and social upheaval, the Times said.

Vonnegut became a cult hero when the novel reached No. 1 on best-seller lists, the article said, adding that some schools and libraries have banned the book because of its sexual content, rough language and depictions of violence.



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Posted 12 April 2007 - 10:39 AM

I don't know about "cult" -- but he was a hero of mine. The world is poorer for his having left it. So it goes.

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 11:01 AM

If it was a cult, it was a pretty big one. Another, longer article.


quote]Mr. Vonnegut wrote plays, essays and short fiction. But it was his novels that became classics of the American counterculture, making him a literary idol, particularly to students in the 1960s and 70s. Dog-eared paperback copies of his books could be found in the back pockets of blue jeans and in dorm rooms on campuses throughout the United States.

Like Mark Twain, Mr. Vonnegut used humor to tackle the basic questions of human existence: Why are we in this world? Is there a presiding figure to make sense of all this, a god who in the end, despite making people suffer, wishes them well?[/quote]


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