American novelist, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007), was a warm and witty tour guide of alternate universes. Part science-fiction, satire, and comedy, his stories encourage readers to laugh at the meaninglessness of an earthling’s life, while urging them to use this very pessimism to supplement and nurture a kinder and gentler heart.
In the 50 years of his literary career, Vonnegut published fourteen fiction novels, three short-story collections, five non-fiction works, and five plays. The most notable of his works include the novels Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. What makes his stories unique are his unconventional protagonists. They force us to contemplate on the true meaning of our existence, thus capturing the hearts of readers, especially younger ones who are trying to make sense of their roles on planet Earth.