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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee

His Researches

by Matthew Stadler

“This gorgeously fateful story inflicts an extra pang by inviting us to contemplate the loss of youth, a loss that comes irreversibly, from inside.” –The Village Voice Literary Supplement

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 336
  • Publication Date June 23, 2000
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3696-1
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $12.00

About The Book

Adrift in a glittering city of high culture and constant crime, an earnest young historian named Nicholas Dee finds his life being taken over by a mysterious dwarf and the curiously gifted illiterate boy she is charged with teaching.

Tags Literary Gay

Praise

“To me, Nicholas Dee‘s literary grandfather is Kafka’s The Trial. Its parents are Nabokov’s Pale Fire and Delillo’s White Noise, and it does not particularly favor one parent over the other. Like any work of art, however, it is more than anything itself, as is any individual produced by parents and grandparents. Matthew Stadler’s career, still in its relatively early stages, is cause for hope among those who might be prone to despair about what can and cannot happen to writers who aspire to give us something other than more of what we’ve already got.” –from the introduction by Michael Cunningham

The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee renders Matthew Stadler the best gay writer of our time.” –Robert Drake, The Gay Cannon

“If this apocalyptic and darkly humorous work is any indication . . . Stadler looks to be a Pynchon-in-the-making.” –Elaine Krout-Hasegawa, The L.A.

Weekly

“This gorgeously fateful story inflicts an extra pang by inviting us to contemplate the loss of youth, a loss that comes irreversibly, from inside.” –The Village Voice Literary Supplement

“It’s positively shocking to encounter fiction this fresh and yet purely derived from literary sources and notions.” –Dennis Cooper