By Chuck Palahniuk
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385498722, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 4, 2000
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From the author of the cult sensation Fight Club (now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter) comes Survivor.
"A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life." --Newsday
"The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage," according to the "been there, done that" wisdom of Tender Branson, last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult. At the opening of Chuck Palahniuk's hilariously unnerving second novel, Tender is cruising on autopilot, 39,000 feet up, dictating the whole of his life story into Flight 2039's "black box" in the final moments before crashing into the vast Australian outback.
Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. Wickedly incisive and mesmerizing, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak.
Chuck Palahniuk's first novel, Fight Club, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Oregon Book Award for Best Novel. He is also the author of the novel Invisible Monsters. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Palahniuk currently lives in Portland.
"Mordant...one's sympathy for the improbable, doomed hero is fully engaged." --The New Yorker
"A wild amphetamine ride through the vagaries of fame and the nature of belief."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"Convoluted, maniacally comic, partaking deeply of the America that streams towrd us in the dead of night from the cable channels--that place of outrageous expectation, slavish idolatry, fanatic consumerism, and mind-stopping banality." --Sven Birkerts, Esquire