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March 2009

Ignatius J. Reilly's Flamboyant Dermatosis

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Contact Dr Guilabert at tonovidal@gmail.com.

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(3):351. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.586

Few characters achieve sufficient notoriety to go beyond literary fame. The protagonist of A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius Reilly, to whom the city of New Orleans, which is the location of the story, erected a statue, is a 30-year-old neurotic, obese single man who lives with his overprotective mother in the early 1960s. His peculiar vision of the world that is based in a void of decency and good taste places him into a cascade of hilarious disasters. He winds up involved in a raid while selling hot dogs disguised as a pirate in the French Quarter.

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