Slaughterhouse-Five Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Is Slaughterhouse-Five a pastiche? What are the examples of temporal distortion, meta-fiction, and paranoia?

Slaughterhouse-Five is a pastiche in that it assembles its narrative in a non-linear fashion from material from multiple timelines and literary genres.

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Slaughterhouse-Five can be considered a kind of narrative pastiche in that it is written in a non-sequential way, assembling bits and pieces from different timelines which, in effect, also represent different genres. This can be seen, for example, in the sections dealing with the bombing of Dresden, as contrasted with the futuristic sections about the Tralfamadorians. As a pastiche, this juxtaposition blends elements of conventional historical fiction with science fiction, resulting in the constant subversion of reader expectations. One...

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