New York: Delacorte Press, 1973. First edition. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title "July 30, 1992 Sagaponack, N.Y." with a full, double-page self-portrait in blue market. A Near Fine copy that appears unread, but the spine is gently cocked. In a Near Fine jacket without chips or tears, but sunned on the spine and at the top of the front panel.
In Kurt Vonnegut’s dark comedy, “Breakfast of Champions,” he tells the “tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.” With the characters of Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout, Vonnegut flirts with the concepts of mental illness and sanity, often equating the two. He shamelessly questions and degrades the traditional norms of American society and offers an unflattering reflection of his audience. The pages of the book itself are littered with Vonnegut’s drawings like memorabilia scattered across the haphazard museum of his imagination. Terribly witty, Vonnegut’s eighth novel contains elements of depressing realism.
“[Vonnegut] performs considerable complex magic. He makes pornography seem like any old plumbing, violence like lovemaking, innocence like evil, and guilt like child's play.” (The New York Times) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1627)