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Sex Offender: A Novel
     

Sex Offender: A Novel

by Matthew Stadler
 

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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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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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Charles Harmon
In an unspecified country at an unspecified time, a sex offender tells us of the court-ordered "rehabilitation" for child molestation he has been ordered to undergo. Therapy sessions involve watching pornographic movies featuring a young boy (whom the narrator later meets) masturbating. During the films, the offender is attached to an instrument that measures and records sexual excitement and administers negative reinforcement. This, other aversive treatments, psychotherapy during which both patient and his "Doctor-General" wear bags but are otherwise unclothed, and a futuristic political situation evoke the tone and terror of Orwell's "1984". In the novel's world, drag is outlawed, yet the offender and prominent politicians seek out the exotic drag queen Lucrezia. The story really takes off when we learn that the young porno star and Lucrezia are members of a rebellious criminal faction, and a surprising revelation at the end of the book is a special treat. The pedophiliac protagonist's very frank narration is, however, as disturbing as it is well written, which perhaps commends the novel to only very inclusive adult fiction collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060171070
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224

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