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  • Published: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529110760
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

Dancer from the Dance




The cult gay classic set in 1970s, decadent New York that gave a voice to a generation. Now back in print to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALAN HOLLINGHURST

‘Astonishingly beautiful... The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation’ Harpers
‘A life changing read for me. Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed - stuck in closed-on-Sunday's London’ Rupert Everett

Young, divinely beautiful and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight, small town lawyer for the disco-lit decadence of New York’s 1970's gay scene. Joining an unbridled world of dance parties, saunas, deserted parks and orgies – at its centre Malone befriends the flamboyant queen, Sutherland, who takes this new arrival under his preened wing.

But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days, are close to burning out. It is love that Malone is longing for, and soon he will have to set himself free.

First published in 1978, Dancer from the Dance is widely considered the greatest, most exciting novel of the post-Stonewall generation. Told with wit, eroticism and unashamed lyricism, it remains a heart-breaking love letter to New York's hedonistic past, and a testament to the brilliance of our passions as they burn brightest.

  • Published: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529110760
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Andrew Holleran

Andrew Holleran's first novel, Dancer from the Dance, was published in 1978 to great critical acclaim and is now regarded as a classic. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba;Ground Zero (reissued as Chronicles of a Plague);The Beauty of Men;In September, the Light Changes;and Grief

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Praise for Dancer from the Dance

Dance from the Dance accomplished for the 1970’s what The Great Gatsby achieved for the 1920’sthe glamorization of a decade and a culture

Edmund White

A life changing read for me. Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed - stuck in closed-on-Sunday's London

Rupert Everett

An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation

Harper's

The first gay novel everybody read... It’s the story of youth and beauty and money and drugs. But overarchingly, it’s the story of a new queer future

Michael Cunningham, New York Times Magazine

Beautiful, hilarious, heart-breaking and tender

Andrew McMillan

Erotic heat percolates through these pages

The New York Times Book Review

Beautifully written, evocative, and hilarious

The New Republic

Compelling… A vision of society, straight and gay

Village Voice

Despite being of its time, Dancer from the Dance is also timeless: the restless momentum the characters feel, being pulled to the next lover, the next party, the next anecdote… what Holleran has given us is our very own queer (queerer?) Great Gatsby: its decadence, its fear, its violence, its ecstasy

Andrew McMillan, Observer

Dancer From the Dance… [is] the most perfect piece of literature… the two central characters still just really resonate. They blossom with every shade of the gay sensibility, from the very best to the absolutely most despicable… it’s just a perfect book… an absolute masterpiece

Paul Flynn, Gay Times

Elegiac, and profoundly romantic; a kind of gay Great Gatsby

Tracey Thorn, New Statesman

The novel has lost none of its incandescence. With his lavish – if pointed – eye, Holleran acts as both a faithful scribe and scold, documenting the pleasures and pitfalls of a newly freed community… a lyrical tribute to a vanished paradise

Daniel Culpan, Times Literary Supplement

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