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Slapstick

by Vonnegut, Kurt

Condition: Fine/Fine


U.S.A.: Delacorte Press, 1976. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Fine cloth first printing of first American edition, gilt and red lettering on spine, gilt signature on cover, with Fine DJ in protective mylar cover. Signature of previous owner in upper corner of front end paper. No creases, tears, or markings aside form that noted above. A near flawless collectible. 243 pages.


The book explores one of Vonnegut's favorite recurring themes, which is his belief in our need to belong extended families and how they would be an adequate, larger and more useful substitute for biological ones. The most endearing section of the novel, in my opinion, lies in its introduction, where Vonnegut candidly describes his beloved sister's death, which took place shortly after she had learnt of a train accident where her husband and children had been killed. As for the novel's plot, it follows the relationship of a boy and his sister who grow up together in isolation from the outside world because of their unsightliness. The boy turns out to be seen as more presentable and is separated from his sister, who grows to resent him for his seemingly desertion. Through some twists and turns they successively reunite and separate and after a major catastrophe, the boy becomes president of the United States, his campaign being centered on the formation of extended families on a grand scale.


  • Bookseller: William Ramsey Rare Books & Manuscripts US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 000203
  • Title: Slapstick
  • Author: Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition 1st Printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Place: U.S.A.
  • Date published: 1976
  • Keywords: novel, fiction, literature
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fiction;
  • Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall


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