God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Paperback introduction by Neil Gaiman
From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Kurt Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews with: Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull; John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging; William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way; and socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes.
What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, has evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.
Read an excerpt on Issuu here
“[A] delightful fictional foray in which Vonnegut, courtesy of Dr. Death, toggles back and forth between life and afterlife, meditating on death by way of very short ‘interviews’ with the likes of Newton, Shakespeare, and a penitent Hitler.” —Globe and Mail
“A smattering of wit, a splattering of satire, and a plop of colorful commentary. Not to mention Vonnegut’s signature steely irony.” —Providence Sunday Journal
About Kurt Vonnegut
KURT VONNEGUT (1922–2007) was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut's other books from Seven Stories Press include God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, the national hardcover and paperback bestseller A Man Without a Country, and, with Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands with God.