The Works of Guillaume Dustan, Volume 1: In My Room; I'm Going Out Tonight; Stronger Than Me (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (Paperback)

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Finding myself in a period where I can only really get through a book if I read it in one sitting. Dustan writes for an audience that reflects his own flavor of moral ambiguity and laziness. For lovers of Duras

— Jack W

In the decaying streets of mid 90’s Paris Guillaume Dustan is going out. Sex is the name of the game. Life revolves exclusively around it with only small glances towards the basic needs of human survival. The claustrophobic formality of “sex diary” is pushed 10 stops through three “novels”. He waits for the orgasm the way an apostle waits for the return of Christ. This is the freedom of disorder.

— Jack W


Guillaume Dustan' first three novels, published in French between 1996 and 1998, describing the narrator's sexual odyssey through a Paris still haunted by AIDS.

This volume collects a suite of three wildly entertaining and trailblazing short novels by the legendary French anti-assimilationist LGBTQ+ 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's deadpan autofiction is at once satirical and intimate, and completely contemporary.

About the Author

Guillaume Dustan (1965-2005) worked as an administrative judge in France before turning to writing full-time. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning novel Nicolas Pages. He was posthumously awarded the Prix Sade in 2013.

Praise For…

"His books are not the sort of autofictional Aids narratives made famous by his more high-minded predecessor Hervé Guibert, whose interest in "putrefaction, illness, death" Dustan disliked. Instead they are about the banality of living and fucking with HIV. The point of gay literature, he felt, was not to concentrate on 'suffering' but 'to roll around on the floor and tell people: you’re not having your asses sufficiently eaten and you’re not doing enough coke.'"
—Lili Own Rowlands, London Review of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635901429
ISBN-10: 1635901421
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents