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Vonnegut Discusses 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Kurt Vonnegut used his personal experience as a prisoner of war during World War II to write the novel "Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade." Twenty-five years after this experience, Vonnegut memorialized it in a unconventional novel that combined satire and science fiction to reveal the reality of war. Listen to learn more about what inspired the novel and how it liberated people to honestly discuss war.

Literature Satire World War II Science Fiction war Writing Process

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AIR DATE: 04/12/2007

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