Steve Almond has a review at Salon about a new collection of some of Vonnegut’s unpublished writings from after World War II, Armageddon in Retrospect. It’s interesting to note that Vonnegut was eager to write about his experience living through the fire bombing of Dresden, though the publicly consumable Slaughterhouse Five isn’t published until 1969. From an early draft:
I used to pretend, even to myself, that I was deeply sorry about Dresden, tinkered with the idea of writing a book about the massacre with neatly underplayed indignation. But these things happen and there is no stopping them, so the hell with them.
Almond: “The volume demonstrates Vonnegut’s mind-boggling evolution as a writer, the manner in which he learned how to cloak his rage in hilarity, to cop to his immense despair without surrendering to it.”