A Parisian from Kansas by Philippe Tapon

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A first novel explores the complex friendship between two Americans in Paris, Darren Swenson, who is world-weary and HIV-positive, and the author himself, Philippe Tapon, who agrees to write Darren's life story.
 

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Published March 1, 1997 by Dutton / Penguin Group. 326 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A clever and almost consistently amusing debut, part Nabokov and part John Irving, about the writing of ``a self-referent novel about life and death.'' The life is that of Darren Swenson, a native midwesterner who grows up gay and disillusioned with his corn-fed all-American ancestry and mi...

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Darren Swenson, a gay American expatriate from a conservative Kansas farm family, is dying of AIDS in Paris, where he went to remake himself as a cosmopolite.

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