This collection of never before published works covers a career that spans half a century, with a revealing, personal introduction by Vonnegut’s son, Mark. It includes a letter home from POW Private Vonnegut, his final speech and a collection of unpublished stories. Some of Vonnegut’s artwork also appears between pieces.
A non-fiction essay on the fire bombing of Dresden forms the thematic centerpiece from which the rest of the collection takes its cue. A watershed moment in Vonnegut’s life, it would go on to shape everything he wrote.
The collection could’ve benefited from a bit more variety, and it is regrettable that no context or timelines are given for the pieces. Still, it is a worthy document of a key moment in the great writer’s life and a fitting final statement.
Armageddon in Retrospect is currently available.