During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegutâwhich collects interviews from throughout his careerâwe learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.
From Kurt Vonnegut's last interview
Is there another book in you, by chance?
No. Look, Iâm 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time theyâre 45. Chess masters are through when theyâre 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.
So whatâs the old manâs game, then?
My country is in ruins. So Iâm a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. Iâm mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. Thatâs why I served in World War II, and thatâs why I wrote books.
When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?
Well, Iâd like the guyâor the girl, of courseâto put the book down and think, âThis is the greatest man who ever lived.â
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