Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage

Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage

by Kurt Vonnegut


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“An anthology in which Vonnegut freely quotes himself on everything from art and architecture to madness and mass murder...Uncompromising.”—Los Angeles Times

“Honest and scarily funny, and it offers a rare insight into an author who has customarily hidden his heart.”—New York Times

Here we have a collection of essays and speeches by me, with breezy autobiographical commentary serving as connective tissue and splints and bandages. Here we go again with real life and opinions made to look like one big, preposterous animal not unlike an invention by Dr. Seuss...

—Kurt Vonnegut, from Fates Worse Than Death 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425134061
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 351,093
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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, in the words of The New York Times, as “a true artist” with the publication of 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.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Pferdina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I used to be more of a Vonnegut fan. In high school I read nearly all of his novels, starting with The Sirens of Titan, which was assigned in English class one year. But, in later years, I find him too cranky and too pessimistic. As an adult now, I know already that the world is a mess and that we're all probably going to die in horrible ways; I really don't need his works to remind me.The subtitle of this book calls it "An Autobiographical Collage" and that is quite accurate. There is no plot, no single purpose that I could see running through the biographical episodes, unless it was to trace how an old satirist turned ugly. I don't mean to say that Vonnegut was a despicable old man at all, because he was still making good points about how unhappy the world is and how we could work on improving things. Except that he always ends by saying, essentially, we never will improve things because we're too lazy and too stupid.Fans of Vonnegut will still enjoy the stories about himself and people he knew. He quotes a lot of material such as speeches he gave at various locations, and there is an Appendix of all the stuff he didn't include in order to keep things moving in the main text. People who don't know Vonnegut or who don't like his work, will probably find themselves annoyed at the constant name-dropping and the depressing tone of it all.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As an autobiographical miscellany, this book is a little unsatisfactory aesthetically. There is some very good material in this however--about mental illness, addiction, extended family. Vonnegut is a little hard to peg philosophically/religiously. Albeit, quite probably atheist, he is not scornful of everything religious.Vonnegut billed this as the sequel of Palm Sunday. However, several of the themes in this book were much more satisfactorily treated in Slapstick.
DoubleL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a collection of vonnegut's speeches and essays from the 1980's as well as just little personal snippets. absoloutly heart breaking with vonnegut's classic kindness and brutality and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm about to buy this ebook version of a book I've read at least 3 times because I loaned it to my best friend and never got it back . THE REASON , THIS IS THE CLOSEST I EVER FELT TO KIRT . It is alot like " Palm Sunday " only at this point it seems He was more aware of what made himself tick . (Or malfunction as it were ) My local library has lt , but I want To experience on my nook . If you wanna spend some quality time with Kirt . THIS IS PROBABLY YOUR BEST BET . MARK TWAIN WOULD'VE BEEN PROUD TO HAVE HIM AS AN HONOREE IN HIS NAME !!!!
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Wampeteres, Fomas, and Grandfaloons, Palm Sunday, and Fates Worse than Death are all the same basic type of book. They are insites into Vonnegut's mind and his philosophies on the world. Fates Worse than Death is the best one for me, probably because it is the most modern and therefore closer to my time. However, they are all good and worth reading for any Vonnegut fan.