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Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

4/12/2007 11:06:01 AM

Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday at 84, AP reports.
Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz. The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people.

Kurt Vonnegut has been the favourite writer of several generations of Bulgarian book lovers. The better part of his works have been translated into the Bulgarian language and have undergone several prints.

In 1983 he was awarded the “Sly Peter” prize for humor and satire in literature at the biennale held in the Bulgarian city of Gabrovo.

Info: bnr.bg

Photo: albion.edu

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