The Works of Guillaume Dustan, vol 1 by Guillaume Dustan
In My Room; I'm Going Out Tonight; Stranger Than Me
These are graphic, sober, almost chilling, accounts of pure hedonism.
This volume collects a suite of three wildly entertaining and trailblazing short novels by the legendary French anti-assimilationist gay writer Guillaume Dustan. Published sequentially in France between 1996 and 1998, the three novels are exuberant and deliberately affectless accounts of the narrator's sexual odyssey through a Parisian club and bath scene still haunted by AIDS.
In My Room (1996) takes place almost entirely in the narrator's bedroom. The middle volume, I'm Going Out Tonight (1997), finds him venturing out onto the gay scene in one long night. Finally, in Stronger Than Me (1998), the narrator reflects on his early life, which coincided with the appearance and spread of the AIDS virus in France.
A close contemporary of Dennis Cooper, Brett Easton Ellis, Kevin Killian, and Gary Indiana, Guillaume Dustan offer deadpan autofiction that is at once satirical and intimate, and completely contemporary.
"Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Politics, despair, drugs, music, joy. Dustan remains the sexiest and most radical writer of late years of the AIDS epidemics in France after Hervé Guibert. Intimate and ferocious at the same time, dazzling and unapologetic. Porn reaches grace and beauty. Dustan was my first editor and my master. Don't miss his books".
Paul B. Preciado
author of An Apartment on Uranus
Publication Date: June 2021