Sam Lipsyte

Published: 7 March 2019
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781783783212

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Published: 6 February 2020
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781783783236

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About the author

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Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the short story collection Venus Drive and three novels: The Subject Steve, Home Land, and The Ask, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He teaches at Columbia University in New York. His short story collection, The Fun Parts, was published by Granta Books in 2013. More about the author


A postmodern satire [written] with abstergent wit... Lipsyte's clipped vim has multiple sources: 1) the trimness and efficiency of Raymond Carver and Hemingway; 2) an intelligent agony over the meltdown of language into slogans . . . and 3) a true Flaubertian obsessiveness, a grasping at the textures of prose as if they could stand in (though it's like trying to seize mist with your fist) for a reality felt to be, in 2019, dissolving under the novelist's fingers’



A pure joy to read...Lipsyte's sentences are so dizzyingly brilliant, so sharp and energetic...A few hours spent offline with Lipsyte is a worthwhile investment’ Nicole Flattery

Laugh-out-loud funny... dazzling ... an ebullient, irreverent and deeply serious novel in the noble tradition of Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis and John Kennedy Toole’ Stuart Kelly

Madcap and full of love, laughter and unexpected beauty (not to mention the world's greatest bone marrow smuggling scheme), if Hark doesn't make you stalk Sam Lipsyte and try to break up his marriage, then you are not human’ Gary Shteyngart, author of

Wickedly funnyAlastair Mabbot

Wild, dark and very funny... Lipsyte delivers a real winner

Wonderfully moving and beautifully musical, Lipsyte has penned a dastardly hysterical take on modern day rhetoric and the eternal ridiculousness of it all. More than a 'must read'Paul Beatty, author of the Man Booker Prize-winning

‘Frequently hilarious’

‘Just at the point when I'd nearly given up on literary novels, I've found Sam Lipsyte, who, sentence for sentence, is as good as any of the greats David Baddiel

‘Rich, deep and very funnyCarl Wilkinson

‘The book has a scattergun brilliance, endlessly throwing up finely cut phrases and manic riffs’ Phil Baker

‘The world needed more Sam Lipsyte and Lipsyte, knowing this, perhaps, has given us Hark. It's a stellar work by a great satirist, an uncanny observer, a keen stylist, a truly fine and thrilling writer’ Patrick deWitt, author

‘Worth every second of the wait...a swoon-inducing hybrid of stuttering poetry and malicious stand-up comedy routine. Hark is a work of brilliance

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