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Cover of 1989 paperback edition
|Author||R. M. Koster|
|Publisher||W. W. Norton|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3561.O84 D5 1989|
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.