In this, the most intimate of Vonnegut’s 13 novels, he brings back the erstwhile American painter Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed man” who played a minor role in . Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last proper novels. Though it is different in style than his earlier works, it is a very.

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He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Version of the Fairytale Bluebeard: Writing About Writing for People Who Don’t Read

And if you know Vonnegut already, I don’t have to explain it to you. So, anyway, I love both of these artists, and I totally see what you’re saying, but Kurt has many more layers that make these two as comparable as mild salsa and gourmet seven-layer dip. Sometimes this is poignant: There were several unique aspects of the style in which Vonnegut wrote Bluebeard.

The Doll House’s female lead leaves the house and everyone’s left to assume she goes to Happily Ever After. Rabo started his working life as a cartoonist and illustrator, voonnegut much of it to Abstract Expressionism which he tired of and ceased painting, but for one last work which tries to fill the gap between facile populist art “They are a negation of art!

The novel also explores the nature of abstract expressionism, and as might be supposed, Circe Berman and Rabo Karabekian have quite different views on the art form. We spend our time with Rabo Karabekian divided between the present day, and the past.


If you have the required patience to listen closely and avoid the spittle, you can join Rabo in his outrageous memories and learn a little about the school of art that he grew up in.

He moves to New York, begins to learn from Gregory, and eventually goes to and returns from the second World War. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This begs the question, if allusions like this to popular culture better depict the time and represent it to the reader, is not an author concerned with authenticity obligated to use them? And, I did not know this, but according to Wikipediaprior toFirst Nations bliebeard had to give up their status in order to vote! The painting is an enormous photo-realistic picture of Karabekian’s experience of World War II where he and 5, other prisoners of bljebeard, gypsies, and concentration camp victims were dumped in a valley when the German forces realized that the war was lost.


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This book is an excellent example of how levity can be just as good at delivering a polemic against war as more gritty, realistic depictions like you might find in The Kindly Ones or in Hollywood movies.

I have been going on like this in vonjegut head since I finished this book 24 hours ago and things just seem to be speeding up, as far as I can tell.

Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Edit Gonnegut Official Sites: Of course, any Vonnegut you have handy will probably do just fine. So, to your point about uniforms: Thanks for writing this hub It’s not one of his most famous books partially because in my opinion it has so many cross over themes from his other novels.


His narrator, Rabo Karabekian, points out that most of the veterans in those movies are the age he was when he returned home, and not the young striplings whose lives are shattered on the front.

It was unexpected, tidy, and very appropriate. Mar 11, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: When a bossy, mysterious writer invites herself into his mansion, Rabo opens up about his life, his bluebeafd and his sadness. Apr 19, Matthew Quann rated it really liked it Recommended to Matthew by: Bluebearc considered the novel a milestone in Vonnegut’s career; Philadelphia Inquirer called it “Vonnegut at his edifying best,” and the Chicago Tribune said it was “a major breakthrough for Vonnegut,” and “a new and vital phase in his career.

If it seems he vonnegyt, it’s sarcastic.

Bluebeard (Vonnegut novel) – Wikipedia

This drives the postwar narrative home even more explicitly: He is never cute. Vonnegu, Death, and Resurrection The main character is an injured veteran who came to the US as a child refugee from another war.

Kent State University Press. To pursue this dream, his sends a letter to Dan Gregory, a fictional version of American representational masters like Norman Rockwell.