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These previously unpublished, beautifully rendered works of fiction are a testament to Kurt Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives.

An ambitious builder of roads fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays, a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con—and a miracle. Featuring a foreword by Dave Eggers, While Mortals Sleep is a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Immensely readable and thoroughly entertaining.”

    Washington Post

  • “Taut, concise...The stories set themselves up with neat swiftness, proceed at a clip, and shut down with equal speed, [showing Vonnegut] honing his skills in structure and satire.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A lovely reminder of the mischievous moral voice we lost when we lost Kurt Vonnegut.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Each story has points of interest that make for rewarding reading...Professional storyteller Norman Dietz’s masterly narration adds emotional depth.” 

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “These stories were all good when they were written decades ago, but many strike me as great now. Never has the voice of Kurt Vonnegut, humanist and humorist, been more relevant.”

    Seattle Times

  • “While these early stories show an author still testing the boundaries of his craft and obsessions, Vonnegut’s acute moral sense and knack for compelling prose are very much on display.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Norman Dietz, appropriately, seems to be channeling a bit of Mark Twain into some of the stories’ narrators, and he has command of a broad range of American regional accents. He deftly evokes the ordinariness of so many of the characters, letting their words and actions drive them away from stereotype.”


  • “Tightly and crisply written.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darin | 5/13/2011

    " I don't know what to write here. Short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. what else could a person want? duh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan | 5/8/2011

    " Sometimes the unpublished stuff should remain unpublished. No matter who wrote it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 5/6/2011

    " Great old Vonnegutt stuff. Introduction by Dave Eggers is funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brendan | 5/4/2011

    " Perhaps five of these stories are great, notably "While Mortals Sleep" and "Ruth". Aside from that there's a reason why much of this went unpublished. "

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