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Stadler, Matthew.

ISBN 10: 0060171073 / ISBN 13: 9780060171070
Published by NY: HARPER-COLLINS. 1994, 1994
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. REVIEW COPY. (Publisher's printed publicity release laid-in) SIGNED by Matthew Stadler on the title page. Fine in dj.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20865

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Publisher: NY: HARPER-COLLINS. 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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This extravagantly imagined tale chronicles the rehabilitation of a man - a lapsed teacher who is guilty of having had a love affair with a twelve-year-old boy. While the man's crime was to mistake molestation for love, his cure will partake of the same confusion. In the name of love, the police and the doctors will molest him, inside and out.
Subjected to a battery of strange therapies (many of them actual practices in health institutions across America), the man struggles to understand and embrace the lessons being offered to him by the Criminal and Health Ministry in charge of his new life. Under orders of the Doctor-General Nicholas, he is to find a new career away from the schools. He will become a writer: an occupation deemed therapeutic by the ministry's professional staff.
As the city descends into winter, the man finds his life falling into a regular routine: psychoanalytic sessions with his doctor; aversive therapies in the laboratories of the technicians; long afternoons spent idling at the Cafe Eichelberger; and each evening, a secretive sojourn to an underground club, the Burlesque, to watch the forbidden entertainments of a towering drag queen banned from the city's official stage.
The city is under siege, threatened by insurgent rebels encamped in the hills. The drag queen, suspected of ties to the rebels, has been forced underground. The sex offender's life becomes increasingly duplicitous. By day, he is ensnared in the posturing and costumes of the city's official culture and politics. By night, he revels in the theatrical excesses of the banned drag queen. He is pushed to the brink as the Doctor-General's therapies become increasingly violent and bizarre. Torn between his allegiance to the Doctor-General and evidence that the drag queen is indeed linked to the rebels, the man finds himself straddling the breach between official politics and subversion.
The Sex Offender is at once a burlesque of the State and an unmasking of the foundations on which our notions of love and psychological health are based. In lavish prose reminiscent of the drag theater of Ethyl Eichelberger or Charles Ludlum, this chronicle weds compelling mystery with comedy, satire, and politics.

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The controversial novel about an older man's infatuation with an adolescent boy, by the acclaimed author of Landscape: Memories and The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee.

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