Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five; or The Children's Crusade

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Part Science Fiction, part Meta-text, Slaughterhouse-Five is Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel and represents perhaps his most successful fusion of popular culture, popular genres, postmodern technique, and current events into the irreverent, parodic, but also lamenting style that has become its author’s signature.

The novel’s title – Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death – refers, first, to the Dresden slaughterhouse where Billy Pilgrim hides during the Allied bombing of the German city during the second World War. Vonnegut’s choice of the subtitle “The Children’s Crusade” immediately makes clear his opinion of war by tying Billy Pilgrim’s experiences …

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Meche, Jude. "Slaughterhouse Five; or The Children's Crusade". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2017, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Postmodernist American Fiction
  2. World War 2 Literature
  3. Metafictional Writing