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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Steve has a nameless and unique fatal illness unlike any ever known to medical science—dubbed by the good docs as Goldfarb-Blackstone Preparatory Extinction Syndrome (which, “though now named, still has no identifiable cause, which does not mitigate its unquestionable fatality.| Read Full Review of The Subject Steve
The Subject Steve Sam Lipsyte Flamingo £9.99, pp272 A caption writer for silicon companies, Steve, the narrator of Sam Lipsyte's satirical novel, is a sardonic, self-deprecating man in his late thirties given to faking fits in order to get out of any difficult situation.May 12 2002 | Read Full Review of The Subject Steve
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