Unpublished Vonnegut Novella Coming to a Kindle Near You

From the Atlantic Wire:

A previously unpublished 22,000 word Kurt Vonnegut novella called Basic Training is getting the Kindle Single treatment, courtesy of RosettaBooks. According to the publisher, Vonnegut wrote the book “about 60 years ago” and intended to publish it under the pseudonym Mark Harvey, so as not to upset the apple cart at General Electric, where he had a job in the publicity department.

Like most of Vonnegut’s longer work, the plot is hazy at best it involves a young hero named Haley Brandon who visits “the farm of his relative, an old crazy who insists upon being called The General, who means to teach Haley to become a straight-shooting American” and realizes his “only means of survival will lead him to unflagging defiance of the General’s deranged values.” From that rather thin-sounding soup, Rosetta promises, Vonnegut delves into “the lunacy of kings, the improbability of existence, the yearling hero’s struggle with duty and love, and the meaning of heroism,” which could explain why he couldn’t sell it to the likes of McCall’s and The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.

Anyone has a Kindle they want to lend me?

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