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The Dissertation

R. M. Koster

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0118-2
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10/29/2013

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The second book in R.M. Koster's highly acclaimed Tinieblas trilogy (following The Prince), The Dissertation is the story of — and a story by — Camilo Fuertes. To fulfill his Ph.D. requirement, Fuertes decides to write about his father, the martyred president of Tinieblas, a country in Latin America. We follow Leon as he winds his twisted path through delinquency, learning, bravery, and incest to the presidency. At once a powerful vision of Latin American history and a brilliant parody of the academic form — complete with endnotes! — The Dissertation is an essential postmodern novel in the tradition of Vonnegut, Barth and Nabokov, ready to be embraced by a new generation of readers.

"It gave me a lot of pleasure. As with Pale Fire, it's the [end]notes I cherish and will read and reread." —Anthony Burgess

"One of the few books of the past 20 years that deserves to be called astonishing. It is a brilliant novel, structurally a marvel and, in all, a demonstration of elan as that quality seldom is experienced in a work of fiction." —Des Moines Sunday Register


R. M. Koster, originally from Brooklyn, has lived in Panama since the early 1960s. A writer of fiction and essays, he has been published in the New Republic, Harper's, Quest, and Connoisseur, among others.

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