Postmodernist literature is often challenging to read and subsequently analyze due to not only its scope but also because of its manipulation of older tropes and writing techniques. There is an understanding in much postmodernist literature that our own analysis of events is often as real as it is fragmented. The self-awareness of Postmodernist literature allows for the understanding that we cannot suspend reality, but at the same time, we are required to.
One example of this simultaneous reality and suspension of reality is the style of historiographic metafiction. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is thought of as historiographic metafiction because it calls on the reader to analyze a real historic event, World War II. Vonnegut writes
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