Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus

  • Release Date: Sep 5th, 1990
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 62 Ratings


From the author of Timequake, this "irresistible" novel (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, jazz pianist, college professor, and prognosticator of the apocalypse.

Here is the adventure of Eugene Debs Hartke. He’s a Vietnam veteran, a jazz pianist, a college professor, and a prognosticator of the apocalypse (and other things Earth-shattering). But that’s neither here nor there. Because at Tarkington College–where he teaches–the excrement is about to hit the air-conditioning. And it’s all Eugene’s fault.

“Vonnegut is back, with plenty to say...combining clever wit with keen social observation. Hocus Pocus re-established Mr. Vonnegut’s place as the Mark Twain of our times.” —Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date...He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion.” —Jay McInerney, The New York Times

"It's 'Vonnegut's best novel in years-funny and prophetic...something special.'" —The Nation


  • absolutely amazing

    By iTyrant
    One of Vonnegut's best books! An enjoyable read that'll never make you want to stop!
  • New fav

    By sprayker
    This is my Second novel of Vonnegut's, after a re-read of slaughter house. I am amazed by his ability to keep a story feeling linear as it bounces along a timeline freely. This is definitely a must read for all Vonnegut fans. "I had to laugh like hell..."


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