My American Icon: Slaughterhouse-Five

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In American Icons, we explore works of art that help us understand our nation, and what it means to be an American. From Richard Wright's Native Son to Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," these classics have endured because they deal with issues we still care about today. What works of art do you think should be American Icons?

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We’re taking suggestions for the final episode in our season of American Icons. Listener David Elzey, from Boston, nominated Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, a novel he’s read so many times he’s lost count. “It’s a book about the absurdity of one war that was told at the height of another war’s absurdity that, I think, stands for the absurdity of all war,” he says.

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Music Playlist

  1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056-11- Largo

    Artist: Glenn Gould
    Album: Music From Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five
    Label: Sony Bmg Europe