The Dissertation

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The Dissertation
The Dissertation.jpg
Cover of 1989 paperback edition
Author R. M. Koster
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher W. W. Norton
Publication date
1972
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 438 pp
ISBN 0-393-30648-8
OCLC 19630176
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3561.O84 D5 1989

The Dissertation is a novel by R. M. Koster, part of the Tinieblas trilogy.

The book is a mock-PhD thesis, written by the son of the dictator of Tinieblas, recounting his father's rise and fall in a satire of academic prose, while the footnotes narrate the sad life of the doctoral candidate, in the manner of Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire. It is often cited by readers as their favorite book of Koster's.

The Dissertation makes an appearance in the 2013 Stephen King novel Joyland where it is being read by the character Annie Ross.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Stephen (2013). Joyland (First Hard Case Crime edition. ed.). London: Titan Books. pp. 180, 185. ISBN 978-1-78116-264-4.