The Subject Steve by Sam Lipsyte

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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.


About Sam Lipsyte

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Sam Lipsyte is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, and The Ask, the latter two New York Times Notable Books, and, most recently, The Fun Parts. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Published March 1, 2011 by Picador. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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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.

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According to his doctors, the protagonist of ''The Subject Steve'' -- whose name is not really Steve -- is dying of a new disease that has no symptoms, cause or predictable progression.

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The Guardian

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lipsyte's latest is a dark satire in which a protagonist named Steve is diagnosed with a vague but deadly disease called Prexis that sounds suspiciously like terminal boredom with modern life.

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At first, his mildly comic situation, along with his snappy, near-absurdist dialogues with unqualified doctors and less-qualified mentors, make The Subject Steve seem like a simple satire.

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