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Questions about the works of the American author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) or about his life as a writer.

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Is Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five an allegory of what would now be called PTSD?

Is Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five an allegory of what would now be called PTSD? Would ‘allegory’ be the correct terminology here?
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Was the Tralfamadorian view of time based on a real metaphysical position?

I was reading Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction and encountered the following paragraph in the discussion on time: One may have some attraction towards coupling this Aristotelian view with ...
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How did Billy Pilgrim know the manner and time of his death?

In Slaughterhouse Five, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, suffers from PTSD caused by the mental trauma of having been in the war. He deals with this by imagining that he has come unstuck in time and ...
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What is the purpose of aliens and time travel in Slaughterhouse-Five?

I think it must have something to do with the subject of free will and how war can mess up one's head. What do you think?
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Vonnegut's writing style as time passed

I've been reading a lot of Vonnegut recently, and I've noticed some interesting stuff. Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and Cat's Cradle are similar to a ...
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Vonnegut's "Address at Rededication of Wheaton College Library, 1973"

This essay was published in (perhaps among other places) in "Wampeters Foma and Granfalloons". There are two Wheaton Colleges in the U.S., one in Norton MA and the other in Wheaton IL. Does anyone ...
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