Publication Date: 17/10/1991 ISBN: 9780099877103 Category:

Hocus Pocus

Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 17/10/1991 ISBN: 9780099877103 Category:
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‘Although it is set in the near future, Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date, and shows the struggle of an artist a little impatient with allegory and more than a little impatient with his own country’ – New York Times Book Review

Some get all the luck – but not Eugene Debs Hartke. Ex-Vietnam vet, ex-college professor, and now a TB-stricken inmate at Tarkington State Reformatory, his life has been warped by one ludicrous farce after another. Here, on scraps of paper pilfered from the prison library, he recounts his own story for posterity, revealing the hypocrisy and injustices of a world that just doesn’t want him to thrive.

Publisher Review

It is all done with voice. Vonnegut is a master of the first-person, manic-depressive stand-up * Observer * After you have read one of Kurt Vonnegut's gleefully pessimistic novels, his words go on colouring your world for a long time afterwards... not to read him would be to miss out on lessons that need to be learned about the age we live in * Sunday Times * Hocus Pocus is, of course, extremely funny. Jokes are told, deadpan and whiplash-sharp; neat, compulsive little anecdotes with stings in the tail jostle one another down the page * Sunday Correspondent * Although it is set in the near future, Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date, and shows the struggle of an artist a little impatient with allegory and more than a little impatient with his own country * New York Times Book Review * Vonnegut's best novel in years-funny and prophetic...something special * The Nation *

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