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The Slaughterhouse Five

  • Also Known As: The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
  • Type: Novel

The Slaughterhouse Five is a notable war novel by American author and US Army soldier, Kurt Vonnegut. - AsNotedIn

The importance of Dresden in my life has been considerably exaggerated because my book about it became a bestseller. If the book hadn't been a bestseller, it would seem like a very minor experience in my life. And I don't think peoples' lives are changed by short term events like that. Dresden was astonishing, but experiences can be astonishing without changing you.
Kurt Vonnegut, Playboy Magazine, 1973

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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1944/12/22 Kurt Vonnegut Soldier PFC Kurt Vonnegut, intelligence scout with the 423rd Infantry Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division, is capture by the German Army and is taken by boxcar to a prison camp south of Dresden, in Saxony. Battle of the Bulge
1945/02/13 Kurt Vonnegut Soldier Allied forces begin firebombing Dresden. Vonnegut takes shelter in a meat locker three stories underground. "It was cool there, with cadavers hanging all around." - KV Borse Dresden Dresden, DE
1945/02/15 Kurt Vonnegut Soldier Vonnegut: "When we came up the city was gone ... They burnt the whole damn town down." Vonnegut and other American prisoners are pressed into service to recover bodies from the rubble. He described it as a "terribly elaborate Easter-egg hunt". Dresden, DE Saxony
1966/00/00 Kurt Vonnegut Author By 1965, Kurt Vonnegut writes more than five thousand pages of "The Slaughterhouse Five", but none of them will make it into his final draft. Vogt House Iowa City
1966/10/00 Kurt Vonnegut Author Kurt Vonnegut struggles trying to decide if writing of "The Slaughterhouse Five" should be driven by a message to condemn war or should he just try to make money? Vogt House Iowa City
1968/06/10 Kurt Vonnegut Author Less than ten months after he returning from a research visit to Dresden, Vonnegut submits the final draft of "The Slaughterhouse Five".
1969/03/00 Delacorte Press Publisher "The Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut is published through Delacorte Press.
1996/00/00 Kurt Vonnegut Author I saw a hell of a lot of death, and I saw a hell of a lot of it during the Battle of the Bulge when my division was wiped out. But then in Dresden I saw a mountain of dead people. And that makes you thoughtful. - Vonnegut, interview

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Particulars for The Slaughterhouse Five:
Art Type Book a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
Subject attribute Confinement
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Art Type Novel long form fiction narrative that is at least 40,000 words in length
Confinement Attribute Prisoner of War
Area of Significance Prisoner of War camp
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Historic Event World War II

Original Language: English

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