Kindle Daily Deal – Mother Night

by Greg on November 27, 2011

Today’s Daily Kindle Deal is Mother Night (Kurt Vonnegut series) by Kurt Vonnegut. This book has a 4.8 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $7!


Mother Night (Kurt Vonnegut series)
by Kurt Vonnegut
Rating: 4.8 Stars
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $7


Best known now by the Nick Nolte 1996 film of the same title, MOTHER NIGHT (1961) is a dazzling narrative of false or shifting identity. The odyssey of its protagonist, Howard Campbell, Jr. is a paradigm of conflicting loyalties, ambiguous commitment and personal compromise. Campbell is an American emigre in Germany at the time of Hitler’s ascension; he is married to a German, his relations with the Nazi regime are excellent and he agrees to spy for them and to become a broadcaster serving the regime but then, increasingly disaffected, becomes a double, then perhaps a triple-agent sending coded messages to the Allies. After the War he is tried for war crimes but is exonerated. The novel is written in the form of a memoir as the exiled Campbell, indifferent to outcome, plots his suicide. The novel is a moral tale without a moral or, perhaps, according to Vonnegut, a tale with several morals. Vonnegut, a science fiction writer in early career, knew the science fiction community well and it is more or less accepted that the conflicted and indecipherable Howard Campbell is modeled upon John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910-1971), the great editor of Astounding and Analog whose decades long rightward drift led him to endorse George Wallace in 1968.

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