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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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  • When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other....
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner Of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer le...
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • The force of what was called Panther rhetoric or wordmongering resided not in elegant discourse but in strength of affirmation (or denial), in anger of tone and timbre. When the anger led to action th...
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''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...
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