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The Subject Steve A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Sam Lipsyte
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312429975
ISBN-13: 9780312429973
Sku: 217024448
Publish Date: 3/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  256
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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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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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In this satirical novel, the protagonist, who is not actually named Steve, acquires a terminal illness called Goldfarb-Blackstone Preparatory Extinction Syndrome and, as a result, becomes a media star.

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Bookforum
"What a relief! A piece of writing by someone in his thirties that lampoons late-twentieth-century America without naming a single sitcom from the '70s, Top Forty song from the '80s, or any other bit of Gen X shorthand....Such self-restraint alone would be worth celebrating, but first-time novelist Sam Lipsyte provides much more to enjoy...." - Alexandra Ringe Fall 2001

New York Times Book Review
"[F]or the most part, Lipsyte's satirical dystopia is a very familiar one. Sinister institutions with unwieldy capitalized names dot the landscape; the line between TV star and religious leader has worn perilously thin in an age where no one is sure what's real anymore; and many of the characters are high out of their minds on futuristic drugs....Where THE SUBJECT STEVE distinguishes itself is on the verbal level; Lipsyte has chosen to smear an opaque goo of purple wordplay between the reader and the action." - Bruno Maddox 10/28/2001

New Yorker
"A book about mortality is a risky prospect, but Lipsyte is very funny, and his stylistic high-wire act--a rowdy prose that is by turns shocking and lyrical--is equal to his daring premise." 11/12/2001

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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