What is a memoir? The word memoir comes from the Latin word memoria, meaning “memory”. It is different from an autobiography in two ways: it does not have to tell someone’s life (sometimes, it can focus only on an event through a person’s perspective), and it does not have to provide facts. Therefore, many writers take advantage of a memoir to creatively retell an event that they experienced. Since a memoir serves as a lens on how the authors perceive what happened, it can be very emotional and psychological.
Kurt Vonnegut expands the memoir definition in his memoir “Slaughterhouse Five”. He claims it is a memoir in the first sentence:”All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.” Vonnegaut expands it by writing it as a science fiction novel, since its main protagonist is able to travel through time. By doing so, he shows us that the effects that war has on us are current, they are still there, we cannot forget about them.