The 20,000-word Basic Training was written in the 1940s, while Vonnegut still worked for General Electric.

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This article titled “Newly published Kurt Vonnegut novella tops ebook charts” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 2nd April 2012 11.03 UTC

Basic Training, a previously unpublished novella by Kurt Vonnegut written while the author was working for General Electric in the 1940s, has shot to the top of ebook charts.

The Slaughterhouse-Five author’s 20,000-word novella has just been published by American digital press Rosetta Books, and has already taken the top slot on Amazon’s Kindle chart. Described as a “bitter, profoundly disenchanted story which satirises the military, authoritarianism, gender relationships, parenthood and most of the assumed mid-century myths of the family”, the book was written while Vonnegut was working in public relations for GE and writing fiction as a sideline, long before the release of his more famous novels.

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