While Mortals Sleep

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A collection of sixteen previously unpublished stories by the twentieth century master

Subject: Classics
While Mortals Sleep, Kurt Vonnegut

In While Mortals Sleep men and machines, art and artifice, fortune and fame become curiously twisted. A travelling salesman falls in love a robot, Jenny, a refrigerator with personality. A man plays with his model trains too much until the women in his life decide to take matters into their own hands.A young typist receives a plea for help on her Dictaphone - it is from an escaped, dying murderer hiding somewhere in the works of her company's factory. In the title story, a hard-nosed reporter is called upon to judge the annual Christmas lights competition - a job that leads him to learn something about the true meaning of Christmas.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $14.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099529064
    Published: 01/12/2011
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Extent: 272 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781448113934
    Published: 06/10/2011
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 272 pages
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"Vonnegut is masterful at quickly sketching a character who you instantly recognise and immeadiately are willing to follow... no matter the plot, you as the reader know that by the end of the story, you will get somewhere. That Vonnegut will tell you something with candour and clarity" - Dave Eggers

"A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny" - Financial Times

"A satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion, a cynic who wants to believe" - Jay McInerney

"Unimitative and inimitable social satirist" - Harper's

"A laughing prophet of doom" - New York Times

"While these early stories show an author still testing the boundaries of his craft and obsessions, Vonnegut's acute moral sense and knack for compelling prose are very much on display. In the foreword, Dave Eggers calls Vonnegut 'a hippie Mark Twain,' which perfectly captures an essential truth about this esteemed author" - Publisher's Weekly