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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
Publication date July 14, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Mp3 una
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781491589045
ISBN-10 1491589043
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 6.75 in.
Availability§ Publication Cancelled
Original list price $14.99
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
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Bluebeard, published in 1987, is Vonnegut's meditation on art, artists, surrealism, and disaster.

Meet Rabo Karabekian, a moderately successful surrealist painter who we meet late in life and see struggling (like all of Vonnegut's key characters) with the dregs of unresolved pain and the consequences of brutality. Loosely based on the legend of Bluebeard (best realized in Bela Bartok's one-act opera), the novel follows Karabekian through the last events in his life, which are heavy with women, painting, artistic ambition, artistic fraudulence, and as of yet unknown consequence. Vonnegut's intention here is not so much satirical (although the contemporary art scene would be easy enough to deconstruct), nor is it documentary (although Karabekian does carry elements of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko). Instead Vonnegut is using art for the same purpose he used science fiction clichés in Slaughterhouse-Five: as a filter through which he can illuminate the savagery, cruelty, and essentially comic misdirection of human existence.

Listeners will recognize familiar Vonnegut character types and archetypes as they drift in and out through the background; meanwhile Karabekian, betrayed and betrayer, sinks through a bottomless haze of recollection. Like most of Vonnegut's late works, this is both science fiction and cruel, contemporary realism at once, using science fiction as metaphor for human damage as well as failure to perceive.

Listeners will find that Vonnegut's protagonists can never really clarify for us whether they are ultimately unwitting victims or simple barbarians, leaving it up to the listener to determine in which genre this audiobook really fits, if any at all.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385295901 Book cover for 9781555045920
 
Large print edition from John Curley & Assoc (August 1, 1988)
9781555045920 | details & prices | List price $21.95
About: Robo Karabekia, a minor member of the Abstract Expressionist school of painting, reveals the secrets of his life, which he has locked away in a potato barn in Long Island
from Delacorte Pr (October 1, 1987)
9780385295901 | details & prices | List price $17.95
About: Robo Karabekian, a minor member of the Abstract Expressionist school of painting, reveals the secrets of his life, which he has locked away in a potato barn in Long Island
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385333511 Book cover for 9780440201960
 
from Dial Pr (October 1, 1998)
9780385333511 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
About: “Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond .
With Emily Dilling | Reissue edition from Dell Pub Co (October 1, 1988)
9780440201960 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $6.99
This edition also contains My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes
About: Robo Karabekian, a minor member of the Abstract Expressionist school of painting, reveals the secrets of his life, which he has locked away in a potato barn in Long Island
Large print edition from John Curley & Assoc (July 1, 1988)
9781555046002 | details & prices | List price $19.95
About: Robo Karabekia, a minor member of the Abstract Expressionist school of painting, reveals the secrets of his life, which he has locked away in a potato barn in Long Island
CD/Spoken Word
The price comparison is for this edition
With Kurt Vonnegut | Mp3 una edition from Audible Studios on Brilliance audio (July 14, 2015)
9781491589045 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | List price $14.99
About: Bluebeard, published in 1987, is Vonnegut's meditation on art, artists, surrealism, and disaster.

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