Survivor: A Novel (Paperback)
"Brilliantly satiric and savagely funny, Survivor is a wild amphetamine ride through the vagaries of fame and the nature of belief." —San Francisco Chronicle
Tender Branson—last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into the recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, Branson will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah.
About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of more than eighteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and The Invention of Sound. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life. [Palahniuk] rearranges Vonnegut’s sly humor, DeLillo’s mordant social analysis and Pynchon’s antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumb’s) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own.
Convoluted, maniacally comic, partaking deeply of the America that streams towards us in the dead of night from the cable channels—that place of outrageous expectation, slavish idolatry, fanatic consumerism, and mind-stopping banality.
Mordant…One’s sympathy for the improbably, doomed hero is fully engaged
— The New Yorker
A dead-on send-up of the media, celebrity and pop culture.
— Seattle Post Intelligencer
The perfect comment on our apocalypse-fixated times.
Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo.
— Bret Easton Ellis
Impressive…Palahniuk’s DeLilloesque cultural witticisms and his satirical take on the culture of instant celebrity invest the narrative with a dark humor.
— Publishers Weekly
A morbidly fascinating black fantasy…Brilliant, engrossing, substantial, and fun: Palahniuk carves out credible, moving dramas.
— Kirkus Reviews