Two books of Kurt Vonnegut comes to Brazilian readers – in fact – Estadão

Having lived in the skin and in the spirit of the heavy effects of 2.* World War, Kurt Vonnegut turned into a free-thinker and a radical. Her transformative experience is Slaughterhouse 5 is Vonnegut an American descended from Germans will fight them in Dresden, he ends up in the hands of the Nazis stimulates the skin to hide inside the refrigerator at the slaughterhouse. When you quit smoking, you realize that Dresden, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, was totally destroyed by the allies.

Before you write your masterpiece, however, Vonnegut, passionate about the tools, but lousy inventor tried his luck in science fiction. In 1952, that for the first time with a pianist (not published in Brazil), the bitter reality in which the world rests in the hands of artificial intelligence, taking full advantage of the human (Yuval Noah Harari ensures that the assumption is not far from happening). Already married is difficult to give the seller of the car to keep the three children, and adopted three children of his sister who died after the death of her husband. In 1959 he writes that the sirens of Titan (Trad. Livia Koeppl, Elif, 301 pgs.), But still locked in the small drawer of the writer of science fiction, underestimated by colleagues and critics.

Success comes only in the 48 years of work in 1964, Slaughterhouse 5, which combines cars, fantasy, history, sci-fi, closely related to the incense in the spirit of the peaceful era of the 1960s – the Vietnam War. The book made Vonnegut one of the writers most beloved of America.

Violently peaceful (if possible), Vonnegut repeats the conventions, intolerance and false facts absolute. Preferring to walk on the knife edge of doubt. In addition to ridicule the limited prospects of military, the writer would love to prove the absurdity of religions. Here are two of this novel’s caustic, which, on the one hand, metaforiza 2.The war, and on the other hand, holding the terrorism in Christianity. The thesis is the Central is that there is no free will, but also, on the other hand, there should also be no inevitable – and if it does not make sense.

Narrated in the third person, short paragraphs and sentences, integration of ridicule sentimentality in equal doses in a tone which does not seem to control the entire novel back to back and a half surprises with the twists and turns of the plot, the sirens of Titan – as well as the Gospel – is the love triangle. The creator responds to the name of Winston Niles Rumfoord the man more rich of the world, the type described as charming. Jesus Christ here, if you turn them in empty and bewildered Malachi Constant this type of rich fool who is already born rich only knows how to spend money on cars and girls. The Holy Spirit will be Beatrice, mistress face “overshadowed the dignity of the suffering a good pinch of arrogance.”

Unfortunately the plot does not bring good feelings to Christians. Rumfoord Mr. powerful space ship, lost in space voyage have been dematerialised with his dog Kazak. This happened after he went through the suppression of cronossinclástico – expression typical of science fiction, as always happens in the books of Vonnegut, I don’t mean anything, don’t be tiração of fun with Dita HR serious (from authors such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). The problem is that after going through the suppression of Rumfoord became the visionary, because it has access to the future and the past, but it loses the sun to return to its body on the ground, not to be every 59 days at the appearing transient in the lives of his giant mansion, where they meet fans idiotizados all over the world.

In one of these materializations of this vain and empty constant, which we call The Phantom billionaire: will move to Mars, to marry a woman from Rumfoord has a son named this, participation in the war, then travel to Mercury, then visit Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, the book ends up fulfilling argument announced, it is interesting that this does not take away our interest, because the wit of Vonnegut in the creation of new situations and Strange in the burn of attention to other events.

One of them is a senseless war between Mars and Earth, which decimates the entire population on the surface of Mars (humans who have forgotten that they have sent to the red planet in the colonization of the settlement to take the land, being vilmente slaughtered by humans, such as the Japanese were Americans). Another annoying event watch the Triangle (more son, the irascible aborrescente time) in the administration of religion, the Church of God utterly indifferent, entitled, The Prophecies of the betrayal of a friend sermon on the mount, the ritual sacrifice abundant to sell religious materials on the basis of torture and violence (but instead of crucified men exchanged beady-hang).

While static balance that I don’t even remember most of its own name, after many estripolias –, Rumfoord accused of not “infinitely demonstação that the man is a pig. It’s chafurdou in a pool of rebels, women, loss, fame, alcohol, drugs, and all kinds of corruption, did nothing to deserve his billions, nor altruistic or creative with the billions”. To be fixed to respond only with a view to the coincidence: “I was the victim of a series of incidents as is”, the famous formula witch vonnegutiana. One of those expressions simplórias (such as “life things” Slaughterhouse 5), which conceal a whole philosophy: the declaration of himself as a victim of fate, the ongoing attempts against one of the pillars of Christianity. If mankind had no agency, it was only to deceive titerado higher intelligence?

This is the cue the appearance of Salo, ET ilhado on Titan after their spaceship collapsed. He came from Trafamaldore, the planet that appears in the other books of Vonnegut – a place inhabited by machines of peace that awaits in the four dimensions do not know well how to behave with human emotions. Salo will have his share of capital to the constant urge to understand the meaning of existence. Obviously not reveal here, but, despite the reveal, you don’t understand.

Concerts for young people. Already what is more beautiful than this? (Trad. Petê Rissatti, Radio London, 150 pages). Combines some of the best commencement addresses read Vonnegut. The kind that is little practiced in Brazil, as well as the idea of education – the start of treatment resulted in the wonders of the word, because this is water, David Foster Wallace, and the texts don’t forget Barack Obama, Neil Gaiman, Steve Jobs and JK Rowling. On account of his charisma is unparalleled, Vonnegut delivered dozens of speeches in universities and in all the subtext is “I feel like I think more or less the same thing you feel and I think I care about many of the things you care about, although most people don’t relate to them. You are not alone”.

But this is the feeling we have when we hear Vonnegut: someone finally understands. The genius of humor free, Vonnegut does not stimulate of the jokes of the unit (“you know why cream is more expensive than milk? Because the cows hate to squat on those little boxes”), the Special (“never put anything in the ear”), or the paradoxes of the wise (“it is better to be dry law without a drink”), painful memories (“although we are members of different generations such as the Eskimo of the indigenous population, you’ve reached here also, do you think I was Methuselah?”) And advice that will never go out of fashion (“if you want to feel three feet tall and able to run hundreds of miles without stopping, hate beats pure cocaine any time. Hitler sent the defeated country, penniless and hungry thanks to the hatred”).

An atheist, anarchist against fascism, Vonnegut was passionate about life, the instinct is incompatible with the law of Hammurabi and the defender of the Sermon on the mount: “the things that Jesus spoke the Fair, in a beautiful part also, what’s the difference if it was or wasn’t God?” Maybe your lesson is the most important lenders in the repetition of the story of Uncle Alex: “one of the things that he feels pity for the humans that they rarely see in their own happiness. So he sought to express his gratitude to the good moments. This can happen in the summer we live to drink lemonade in the shade of the apple tree and my uncle would go talk to says: ‘what is more beautiful than this?” We will live moments of awesome in the coming years. Keep these books near you in case of any emergency in case you need to juice the lemon ice which will take you to the planets most beautiful.

*Ronaldo Bressane journalist and translator of ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?’ Author ‘Escaldo’ (published by the school) and other books.

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