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Autofiction is alive and well in Nicolas Pages, a novel by  Guillaume Dustan newly translated by James Horton and Peter Valante. In an earlier essay (“A Quite Natural Desire”), he wrote: “I was pleased that everything I wrote about had actually happened. I only changed the names.” Born William Barànes in France in 1965, Dustan adopted his penname in 1995 and released three novels in the following years: In My Room (1996), a story told almost entirely from the narrator’s bedroom; I’m Going Out Tonight (1997), a long night of sexual escapades in the Parisian club and bath scene; and Stronger Than Me (1998), a reflection on the narrator’s past during the height of the AIDS epidemic in Paris.