The Resource Mother night, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)

Mother night, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)

Label
Mother night
Title
Mother night
Statement of responsibility
Kurt Vonnegut
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Language
eng
Summary
Best known now by the 1996 Nick Nolte film of the same title, Mother Night (1961) is a dazzling narrative of false, shifting identity. The story tells of the odyssey of Howard Campbell, Jr., the book's protagonist, and is a paradigm of shifting loyalties, ambiguous commitment, and tales of 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 for the regime; but then, increasingly disaffected, Campbell becomes a double agent, 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 memoir format from the point of view of the exiled Campbell, who, indifferent to outcome, plots suicide. Here is a moral tale without a moral, or perhaps, according to Vonnegut, a tale with several morals. Vonnegut, a science fiction writer in his early career, knew the science fiction community very 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
Cataloging source
Midwest
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Target audience
adult
Mother night, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)
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Mother night, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)
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MWT11327303
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Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
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Isbn
9780795319044
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11327303
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11327303
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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