Robert Steiner has given us an extraordinary work: a microscopic and kaleidoscopic vision of Lincoln’s assassination, assimilating the dead president to the Biblical Abraham, and the war that surrounded him to the End of Days. This novel combines a marvelous ingenuity of concept with a vatic, thundering style that does the Old Testament prophets proud.
Madison Smartt Bell
Fierce, blood-stained and breathtaking, The Last Judgement is a lamentation on America’s original sin of slavery and its attempted expiation in the civil war. Focusing on the dying and unconscious Lincoln, the novel weaves its terrible and stylish magic around questions of guilt, atonement, shame and retribution. No comforting Zen bardo here, this is old testament history, where vengeance is the Lord’s and redemption uncertain. This is a darkly brilliant book.
On Robert Steiner
Out of personal bravery, Steiner manages to deal directly long and hard with darkness. Sometimes reading him, one shakes oneself.
There is no writer of his generation of whom I think more greatly.
Through its articulate and painfully nuanced first-person narration, Steiner's examination of jealousy and betrayal at its simplest becomes something sublime.
Publishers Weekly, for Negative Space
Like Roth's The Counterlife, this novel challenges by taking repeated advantage of the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief.
Publishers Weekly, for Dread
Steiner’s primary theme seems to be that pain is as profound a symbol of life as joy or happiness or desire (indeed, perverse aura of desire wafts throughout this difficult collection).
Publishers Weekly, for Nothing Lasts Forever
Steiner knows what he's doing, and he's in firm command of his style.
Kirkus Reviews, for Nothing Lasts Forever
Robert Steiner . . . has written astonishing work . . . in a style dark and gorgeous. (He) is a master of the sensual.
Los Angeles Times
Robert Steiner is a master. His work ranks alongside J G Ballard, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Salter. One cannot overstate his importance as an American stylist in the 21st century. He is the author of several books including Matinee, Quill, The Catastrophe, and Bathers. He now lives in Florida.