Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer, born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1940 Vonnegut entered Cornell University. In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army. He was deployed to Europe to fight in World War II, and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He was held in Dresden prison and survived the Allied bombing of the city. After returning to The States Vonnegut enrolled in the University of Chicago as a graduate anthropology student and simultaneously worked as a police reporter. Two years later he left his studies, and relocated to Schenectady, New York. There he worked for «General Electric».
Vonnegut had his first piece, titled "Report on the Barnhouse Effect", published in the February 11, 1950 issue of “Collier's”. In 1951 he moved with his family to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
In 1952, Vonnegut's first novel, «Player Piano», was published by «Charles Scribner's Sons». His later novels are: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick (1976), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galápagos (1985), Hocus Pocus (1990), Timequake (1997)
Kurt Vonnergut was one of the most prominent American writers of XXI century. The main paradox of Vonnergut’s writing is humorous description of the most tragical moments of human life. His works are a fantastic collision of deep philosophical content with some parts of carnival. Grotesque, satire, irony and paradoxes are the things that create the effect of false expectations. This effect fully shows how stupid some of human deeds are, and destroys a lot of stereotypes.
Kurt Vonnergut died on April 11 2007 in New York.