Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life." Newsday
"Mordant...one's sympathy for the improbable, doomed hero is fully engaged." The New Yorker
"Convoluted, maniacally comic, partaking deeply of the America that streams toward 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
"Palahniuk's DeLilloesque cultural witticisms and his satirical take on the culture of instant celebrity invest the narrative with a dark humor that does not quite overcome its lack of a coherent plot." Publishers Weekly
"A morbidly fascinating black fantasy." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
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.