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Cat’s Cradle

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

£8.99

Available on backorder

Format:Paperback

Page Count:240

Date Published:6 Aug 2020

ISBN:9780241467985

Synopsis

Vonnegut looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched’ J. G. Ballard

This bitterly funny Cold War satire on the end of the world expresses our deepest fears of Armageddon, and has become a counter-culture classic.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle is an irreverent and highly entertaining fantasy about the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists.

Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker’s three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness.

Will Felix Hoenikker’s death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh?

Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it . . .

Praise for Kurt Vonnegut:

‘A satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion’ Jay McInerney

‘The closest thing we had to a Voltaire’ Tom Wolfe

‘The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting’ The New York Times

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