Guillaume Dustan

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Guillaume Dustan

Guillaume Dustan (November 29, 1965, Paris – October 3, 2005), born William Baranès, was an openly gay[1] French writer.


William Baranès was born in 1965. He graduated from the École nationale d'administration and worked as an administrative judge before turning to writing.[2] He used the nom de plume Guillaume Dustan from 1995 onwards. His first novel, Dans ma chambre, brought him fame.[3] His work has been compared to Renaud Camus, Marguerite Duras, Herve Guibert, Celine's Journey to the End of the Night, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, and Bret Easton Ellis.[3]

He also edited Le Rayon Gay, a collection of books, for Balland.[3]

He was a short film producer. Some of his films include Nous and Back.[3]

He acted in the 2004 film Process written & directed by C. S. Leigh playing the employee who checks Beatrice Dalle into the hotel where she will take her own life. The film also stars Guillaume Depardieu.

He was a proponent of barebacking and at loggerheads with Act Up.[4]

Grave of Guillaume Dustan

Baranès died of an accidental drug overdose on October 3, 2005.[5] He is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery (division 29).[6]


  • Dans ma chambre, (tr. In My Room, Serpent's Tail), 1996
  • Je sors ce soir, 1997
  • Plus fort que moi, 1997
  • Nicolas Pages, 1999 (winner of the Prix de Flore)
  • Génie divin, 2001
  • LXIR, 2002
  • Dernier Roman, 2004
  • Premier Essai, 2005


  • Oeuvres 1, 2013
    Includes Dans ma chambre, Je sors ce soir and Plus fort que moi (all three commented by Thomas Clerc)

Further reading[edit]

  • Lagabriell, Renaud, '»Je vis dans un monde où plein de choses que je pensais impossibles sont possibles«: »Queere Bedeutungen« in Dans ma chambre von Guillaume Dustan,' in Anna Babka und Susanne Hochreiter (Hg.), Queer Reading in den Philologien: Modelle und Anwendungen (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009), 221-236.
  • Raffaël Enault, Dustan Superstar. Biographie, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2018.


  1. ^ Dustan, Guillaume (1998), Plus fort que moi: roman, P.O.L., ISBN 2-86744-634-1
  2. ^ 'La disparition de Guillaume Dustan', 10 October 2005, Têtu Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d Owen Heathcote, 'DUSTAN, GUILLAUME', in Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature, ed. Gaetan Brulotte and John Phillips, New York: Routledge, 2006, pp. 386-287
  4. ^ Michael J. Bosia, '"In Our Beds and Our Graves": Revealing the Politics of Pleasure and Pain in the Time of AIDS', in Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy, And Activism, ed. Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-ajani, Rutgers, 2006, page 121
  5. ^ Pila, Renaud (October 11, 2005), "Mort de l'écrivain gay Guillaume Dustan, adepte du sexe à risques", La Chaîne Info (in French), retrieved 2008-09-24
  6. ^ "DUSTAN Guillaume (William Baranès : 1965-2005) - Cimetières de France et d'ailleurs". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-29.

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