By Chuck Palahniuk
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307275844, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover,
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In the crowded greenroom of a porn-movie production, hundreds of men mill around in their boxers, awaiting their turn with the legendary Cassie Wright. An aging adult film star, Cassie Wright intends to cap her career by breaking the world record for serial fornication by having sex with 600 men on camera—one of whom may want to kill her. Told from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, Mr. 600, and Sheila, the talent wrangler who must keep it all under control, Snuff is a dark, wild, and lethally funny novel that brings the presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction.
Chuck Palahniuk’s eight previous novels are the bestselling Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Diary, Choke—which was made into a 2008 film by director Clark Gregg, starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston—Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher. He is also the author of the nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.www.chuckpalahniuk.net
“Humorous, unsettling and ultimately thought-provoking.... Snuff is an erotic dream. It builds and builds, delivering new heights of bliss with each new revelation.”
—Rocky Mountain News
“Often biting, often hilarious, often awful, but always compelling.... Palahniuk has crafted a world of sex devoid of titillation, where human suffering is shelved for a few moments when the cameras begin to roll.”
—Los Angeles Times
“An absurd dark comedy about damaged people.... [Palahniuk's] descriptive skills, his love of language and his weird humor are in top form.”
—The Seattle Times
“Chuck and porn. Porn and Chuck—the two go together like fists and brass knuckles, moth and flame: a fatalistic coupling that happens to be, also, a perfect match.”
—The Washington Post
“Spare and effective.... Snuff is not only a comment on the utter unsexiness of the porn industry; it also manages to imply that any culture that produces such an unappealing industry must also be awash in unsexy, mechanical and pointless copulation.”