|Author:||Vonnegut, Kurt||Original Title:||Cat’s Cradle||Place:||Rio de Janeiro|
Vonnegut, Kurt. Transl. Ronaldo Sérgio de Biasi. Cama-de-gato Cat's Cradle. Cat’s Cradle Rio de Janeiro, Editora Record, 1991. Pp. 188
Cat’s Cradle is an allegorical fiction using satire and dark humor. Furthermore, the story addresses postmodern issues such as science, technology, the role of religion, and the arms race in the 1960s. The main themes in this novel are human beings’ relation to technology, religion, and “ice-nine,” an imaginary nuclear weapon which causes a disastrous end. The arena of this story is San Lorenzo, a fictitious Caribbean Island. This place reminds readers of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. This book became a best-seller and has been published in 29 languages.