Slaughterhouse-Five is a 1969 satirical novel by Kurt Vonegut about World War II and the firebombing of Dresden. The story is told by an unreliable narrator named Billy Pilgrim who believes he experiences time travel, fracturing the narrative into flashbacks. Unwilling to fight, Pilgrim is captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in a Dresden basement during the firebombing. A nationalistic Roland Weary dislikes Pilgrim and blames him for his own death, causing Lazzaro to seek revenge by supposedly shooting Pilgrim with a laser gun in 1976.

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