The Subject Steve

The Subject Steve

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Meet Steve (not his real name), a Special Case, in truth a Terminal Case, and the eponymous antihero of Sam Lipsyte's first novel. Steve has been informed by two doctors that he is dying of a condition of unquestioned fatality, with no discernible physical cause. Eager for fame, and to brand the new plague, they dub it Goldfarb-Blackstone Preparatory Extinction Syndrome, or PREXIS for short. Turns out, though, Steve's just dying of boredom. The Subject Steve is a dazzling debut--by turns manic, ebullient, and exquisitely deadpan--Sam Lipsyte is in company with the master American satirists.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 20mm | 236g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312429975
  • 9780312429973
  • 864,854

Review quote

"I laughed out loud--and I never laugh out loud." --Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke "Sam Lipsyte [is] scabrously, deliriously, piss-yourself funny." --Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Review of Books "Lipsyte is a gifted stylist, precise, original, devious, and very funny. In a time when the language of most novels is dead on arrival, this book, about a dying man, is startlingly alive." --Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex "Falls somewhere between Chuck Palahniuk and George Saunders. Let's throw Vonnegut in there as an influence too. And Pynchon...This is Satire with a capital S....An enormously likable first novel. " --Esquire "A spot-on DeLillo-like excavation of our consuming consumer culture, and the ultimate fear---the fear of death---that lurks behind it. " --San Francisco Chronicle
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About Sam Lipsyte

SAM LIPSYTE was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collection Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He lives in New York.
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Rating details

714 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 14% (99)
4 30% (215)
3 35% (249)
2 16% (114)
1 5% (37)
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