Player Piano

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952.

Vonnegut’s first novel, a prophetic satire set in a machine-dominated America

(Item #5789) Player Piano. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Player Piano

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First edition. A Very Good+ copy in Near Fine dust jacket. Book with some tape-ghosts to the boards and end papers. Dust jacket a bit faded at the spine and extremities and with a short, closed tear at the top of the front panel (no loss).

Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, is a satire set in dystopian machine-dominated America, which cautions against blindly embracing technology. Inspired by his time at General Electric, Vonnegut imagines a future where automatization has replaced most industries, relegating society to meaningless toil. The story follows engineer Dr. Paul Proteus, one of the privileged few, as he becomes disillusioned. Vonnegut’s prophetic sci-fi tale offers “an uncommon and honest theme for our days—that a society that outsources all labor to technology may inadvertently drain out too much humanity” (Bosphorus Review of Books).
Very Good + in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5789)

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“It was an appalling thought, to be so well-integrated into the machinery of society and history as to be able to move in only one plane, and along one line.”