Timequake

Timequake is a semi-autobiographical work by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. published in 1997. Marketed as a novel, the book was described as a “stew” by Vonnegut, in which he summarizes a novel he had been struggling with for a number of years. Vonnegut uses the premise of a timequake (or repetition of actions) in which there is no free will. The idea of determinism is explored—as it is in many of his previous works—to assert that people really have no free will. Kilgore Trout serves again as the main character, who the author declares as having died in 2001, at the fictitious Xanadu retreat in Rhode Island. Vonnegut explains at the beginning of the book that he was not satisfied with the original version of Timequake he wrote (or Timequake One). Taking parts of Timequake One and combining it with personal thoughts and anecdotes produced the finished product, so-called Timequake Two. Many of the anecdotes deal with Vonnegut’s family, the death of loved ones, and people’s last words.

backbutton.png


astr

timequake4.jpg
*UNCORRECTED PROOF*

1997

(Trade Paperback)
Putnam Press

astr

timequake1.jpg
First Edition

—First Printing—
September – 1997

(Standard Hardcover)
Putnam Press
ISBN-13: 9780399137372
ISBN-10: 0399137378

astr

timequake6
First (UK) Edition

—First Printing—
January – 1997

(Standard Hardcover)
Jonathan Cape Publishing — London
ISBN-13: 9780224036405
ISBN-10: 0224036408

astr

timequake2
Trade Edition

August – 1998

(Trade Paperback)
Berkley Publishing

astr

timequake7
Trade (UK) Edition

—First Printing—
August – 1998

(Trade Paperback)
Vintage Books – London
ISBN-13: 9780099267546
ISBN-10: 0099267543

astr

timequake5.jpg
Trade (UK) Edition

—Third Printing—
August – 1998

(Trade Paperback)
Vintage Books – London
ISBN-13: 9780099267546
ISBN-10: 0099267543

astr

timequake3.jpg
Russian Language Edition

2001

(Mass Market Hardcover)
Санк-Петербурr Publishing

astr

backbutton.png