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Nothing Lasts Forever: Three Novellas Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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In an interview with January Magazine to promote a previous book, Dreamtime (2004), Steiner stated that one reason he writes is to stave off a mental death, to stay the inevitable decline of cognition. This may explain the dark elegance of his often-difficult prose stylings, and these three novellas, rooted in decay, infidelity, and death, address these themes explicitly. “Into the Green Ocean Deep” details a woman’s slow death and the indulgent depravity she and her lover enjoy in her last days and nights. Steiner’s nauseating obsession and incessant repetition stay painfully true to the events portrayed. “Inviolate” revolves around the ruminations of an adulteress as her husband lies comatose, and “Negative Space” tells the story of a decades-long affair in the voice of the cuckolded husband. While tobacco plumes, stiff whisky, and graphic ejaculation predominate, it is Steiner’s ability to illuminate life’s darkest edges that allows diligent readers to confront the bleak oblivion of trust betrayed. Readers of Paul Auster, John Hawkes, and Peter Nádas will be up for the challenge. --Diego Báez


Praise for Nothing Lasts Forever:

"Steiner knows what he’s doing, and he’s in firm command of his style."—Kirkus

"[Nothing Lasts Forever] exudes an existential angst reminiscent of Samuel Beckett" —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Robert Steiner

"Through its articulate and painfully nuanced first-person narration, Steiner's examination of jealousy and betrayal at its simplest becomes something sublime." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Out of personal bravery, Steiner manages to deal directly long and hard with darkness. Sometimes reading him, one shakes oneself.” —Grace Paley

“There is no writer of his generation of whom I think more greatly.” —John Hawkes

“Robert Steiner . . . has written astonishing work . . . in a style dark and gorgeous. (He) is a master of the sensual.” —Los Angeles Times

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