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Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

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One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation

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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation


Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it.


Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker's death-wish comes true when his last, fatal, gift to mankind brings about an end that, for all of us, is nigh.

Cat's Cradle Reviews

A major novelist, and a major novel. - Sunday Telegraph.

Resonate with our fears...very moving. - London Review of Books.

In a line-up of literary originals, Kurt Vonnegut would have to start apart...He is brave, clever, honest, and wise beyond the gags. - Irish Times.

About Kurt Vonnegut

Born in 1922, Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, during the saturation bombing which devastated the city near the end of the Second World War, an experience which formed the basis for the novel which made him a world-wide bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five. Cat's Cradle, first published in 1963, is his third novel.

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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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