From ratty attic to Auschwitz and back again, Mother Night is the confessions of Howard W Campbell Jr - an American, a notorious Nazi propagandist, and a US counter-spy - not a moral man. This mournful, macabre and diabolically funny tale of unsung heroism uses acrid humour to underline the horror of its themes. It is one of the blackest comedies ever.
A diabolically funny and macabre novel by the brilliantly wacky Kurt Vonnegut
"Vonnegut's chilling early masterpiece" Observer "Mother Night is not one of his most famous books, but it's one of the best" Washington Post "A brilliant wacky ideas-monger" Observer "One of the best living American writers" -- Graham Greene "A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny" Financial Times
Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. During WWII, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired Slaughterhouse Five. He died in 2007.