A Man without a Country

One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut has left an indelible impression on literature with such inventive novels asCat’s Cradle,Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions. Now this iconic figure shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics, and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded.

On the creative process: “If you want to really hurt your parents, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding.”
On politics: “No, I am not going to run for President, although I do know that a sentence, if it is to be complete, must have both a subject and a verb.”
On nature: “Evolution is so creative. That’s how we got giraffes.”
On modern cultural attitudes: “Do you think Arabs are dumb? They gave us our numbers. Try doing long division with Roman numerals.” And on the fate of humankind: “The good Earth—we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.”

A Man without a Country showcases Vonnegut at his wittiest, most acerbic, and most concerned. Beyond the humor and biting satire is an appeal to all readers to give careful thought to the world around them and the people they share it with.

Editorial Reviews

“Like his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted…[Reading A Man Without a Country is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”

New York Times Book Review

“Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”

Chicago Tribune

Author Biography

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) 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 as “a true artist” with Cat’s Cradle in 1963.

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Reader Biography

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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