Jean Genet


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Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids and The ... more »

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  • ''The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man ... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''"Power may be at the end of a gun," but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989). Genet was taking issue with the notion that arme...
  • ''Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. The Blacks, Epigraph (1959, trans. 1960).
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