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Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA
Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard" Signed First Edition/ First Printing w/COA

Personally signed by Kurt Vonnegut, the prolific and genre-bending author best known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction.

SIGNED AND DATED ON JAN. 12th, 1995

Delacorte Press 1987. Kurt Vonnegut "Bluebeard: A Novel"  Signed and dated by the author directly onto the FFEP (First Free End Paper). First Printing. "First Edition" as stated with no mention of a later printing. Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Original price of $17.95. The dust-jacket is now covered in a new archival acid-free Mylar sleeve. Dust-jacket code 1087. Fine/Fine without any flaws. Not price-clipped. Included bookseller issued COA.

 

Bluebeard

Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916–1988) is a 1987 novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut. It is told as a first-person narrative and describes the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, who first appeared as a minor character in Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions (1973). Circumstances of the novel bear rough resemblance to the fairy tale of Bluebeard popularized by Charles Perrault. Karabekian mentions this relationship once in the novel.


Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and character types for his 13th novel: genocide, the surreality of the modern world, fluid interplay of the past and present, and the less-than-heroic figure taking center stage to tell his story. Here he elevates to narrator a minor character from Breakfast of Champions , wounded World War II veteran and abstract painter Rabo Karabekian. At the urging of enchantress-as-bully Circe Berman, Karabekian writes his "hoax autobiography." Vonnegut uses the tale to satirize art movements and the art-as-investment mind-set and to explore the shifting shape of reality. Although not among his best novels, Bluebeard is a good one and features liberal doses of his off-balance humor.

 

“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond . . . joyous, soaring fiction.”—The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.

 

Praise for Bluebeard

“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again. . . . He displays all his talents—satire, irony, ridicule, slapstick, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions.”—The Cincinnati Post

“[Kurt Vonnegut is] a voice you can trust to keep poking holes in the social fabric.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“It has the qualities of classic Bosch and Slaughterhouse Vonnegut. . . . Bluebeard is uncommonly feisty.”—USA Today

“Is Bluebeard good? Yes! . . . This is vintage Vonnegut—good wine from his best grapes.”—The Detroit News

“A joyride . . . Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. So hop in his rumble seat. As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives.”—Kansas City Star

 

About the author

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American author. The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973). He is also known for his humanist beliefs and being honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

He was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers.”


Design career

Vonnegut's work as a graphic artist began with his illustrations for Slaughterhouse-Five and developed with Breakfast of Champions, which included numerous felt-tip pen illustrations, such as anal sphincters, and other less scatological images. Later in his career, he became more interested in artwork, particularly silk-screen prints, pursued in collaboration with Joe Petro III.

In 2004, Vonnegut participated in the project The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were, where he created an album cover for Phish called Hook, Line and Sinker, which has been included in a traveling exhibition for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Fine/Fine without any flaws. A wonderful bright clean copy without any other marks, writing or stamps. Sharp corners that are not bumped. No attached bookplate or indication of any removed. The dust-jacket is clear and vibrant, now protected in a new archival acid-free sleeve. Appears unread with a square and tight spine. The dust-jacket is free of any rips, tears or edge-wear. Photos of actual item.
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Edition:
Signed First Edition
Binding:
Hardcover book with dust-jacket
Author:
Kurt Vonnegut
Title:
Bluebeard