Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut - Lettered Edition
Estimated Publication: Spring 2023
Limit 1 Copy Per Household.
Refer to our Order Limits policy.
An American classic named by Modern Library as one of the top 20 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five is Kurt Vonnegut’s semi-autobiographical, science fiction infused anti-war masterpiece that defies genre.
Slaughterhouse-Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran and POW who becomes “unstuck in time,” experiencing all known events of his chronology out of order and sometimes simultaneously. Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history—sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness—as he struggles to find purpose, order, or meaning to his own existence and to that of humanity.
Published on March 31, 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW, much like Vonnegut did. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”
An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite the book being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it.
In 2019, The New Yorker wrote, “Vonnegut’s novel is about that, about the inevitability of human violence, and about what it does to the not particularly violent human beings who get caught up in it.” Slaughterhouse-Five remained on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of sixteen weeks. The novel was a finalist for the National Book Award, and it was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo.
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- 238 Pages.
- Limited to 26 copies.
- Printed letterpress on Stonehenge cotton paper.
- Bradel binding.
- Goatskin covering the spine.
- Boards are covered in hand-dyed goatskin using a craquelé resist technique.
- Top edge is hand cut and colored using acrylics.
- Leather jointed end papers are handmade paste paper.
- Headcaps are sculpted and the headbands are hand woven.
- Housed in a clamshell enclosure covered in Japanese cloth with flocked velour floors.
- New exclusive introduction by Jess Walter.
- Frontispiece illustration by Edith Vonnegut.
- Six full color illustrations by Julian De Narvaez, as well as ten pen and ink vignettes which appear at the head of each chapter.
- Pen and ink vignettes printed letterpress with the text.
- Signed by Edith Vonnegut, Jess Walter and Julian De Narvaez.
- Handbound by Gavin Dovey.
- Bookmark with all pre-orders.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2022 by Julian De Narvaez.
Frontispiece illustration © 2022 by Edith Vonnegut.
Photography by Yegor Malinovskii.
* 5% non-refundable processing fee applies on installment plans.
Sign up below to receive the latest news and promotions.