FIRST EDITION OF FATES WORSE THAN DEATH: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COLLAGE OF THE 1980S, SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT
VONNEGUT, Kurt. Fates Worse Than Death. An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1991). Octavo, original half green cloth, original dust jacket. $600.
First edition of Vonnegut's thoughtful autobiography of the 1980s, signed on the title page by him.
"Now that Kurt Vonnegut has achieved grand-old-man status in American letters—he calls himself 'an old poop at last'—he has surely earned the right to sit back and spout off on the subject of what's wrong with the world. And that is exactly what he does in Fates Worse Than Death, an anthology in which Vonnegut freely quotes himself on everything from art and architecture to madness and mass murder. But Fates is hardly a rocking-chair memoir, and Vonnegut's sense of humor, bitter and ironic, has mellowed not at all. The book seethes with Vonnegut's outrage at what he sees as the characteristic and probably incurable insanity of the late 20th Century, whether manifested in the intimate setting of a locked ward or on the grand scale of carpet-bombing… Vonnegut, who bears an uncanny passing physical resemblance to Mark Twain, has come to resemble Twain in another way: In the fullness of his years, he has allowed the dark oracle of his earlier fiction to come forth and speak plainly. Fates is his uncompromising and unreassuring valedictory, the witnessing by a man who has survived the worst of times and lived to tell about it." (Los Angeles Times). Published simultaneously with a signed limited edition of only 200 copies.
A fine signed copy.