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The Thief's Journal

The Thief's Journal

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ISBN
9780571340835
Published
07/03/2019
9780571340835
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

Jean Genet, French playwright, novelist and poet, turned the experiences in his life amongst pimps, whores, thugs and other fellow social outcasts into a poetic literature, with an honesty and explicitness unprecedented at the time. Widely considered an outstanding and unique figure in French literature, Genet wrote five novels between 1942 and 1947, now being republished by Faber & Faber in beautiful new paperback editions.

The Thief’s Journal is perhaps Jean Genet’s most authentically autobiographical novel; an account of his impoverished travels across 1930s Europe. The narrator is guilty of vagrancy, petty theft and prostitution, but his writing transforms such degradations into an inverted moral code, where criminality and delinquency become heroic. With a holy trinity of his own making – homosexuality, theft and betrayal – in The Thief’s Journal Genet produced a startlingly powerful novel without precedent.

Includes a new introduction by Ahdaf Soueif.

Jean Genet, French playwright, novelist and poet, turned the experiences in his life amongst pimps, whores, thugs and other fellow social outcasts into a poetic literature, with an honesty and explicitness unprecedented at the time. Widely considered an outstanding and unique figure in French literature, Genet wrote five novels between 1942 and 1947, now being republished by Faber & Faber in beautiful new paperback editions.The Thief’s Journal is perhaps Jean Genet’s most authentically autobiographical novel; an account of his impoverished travels across 1930s Europe. The narrator is guilty of vagrancy, petty theft and prostitution, but his writing transforms such degradations into an inverted moral code, where criminality and delinquency become heroic. With a holy trinity of his own making – homosexuality, theft and betrayal – in The Thief’s Journal Genet produced a startlingly powerful novel without precedent.Includes a new introduction by Ahdaf Soueif.
  • Jean Genet

    Jean Genet was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child who never knew his parents, he was abandoned to the Public Assistance Authorities. He was ten when he was sent to a reformatory for stealing; thereafter he spent time in the prisons of nearly every country he visited in thirty years of prowling through the European underworld. With ten convictions for theft in France to his credit he was, the eleventh time, condemned to life imprisonment. Eventually he was granted a pardon by President Auriol as a result of appeals from France's leading artists and writers led by Jean Cocteau.$$$His first novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, was written while he was in prison, followed by Miracle of the Rose, the autobiographical The Thief's Journal, Querelle of Brest and Funeral Rites. He wrote six plays: The Balcony, The Blacks, The Screens, The Maids, Deathwatch and Splendid's (the manuscript of which was rediscovered only in 1993). Jean Genet died in 1986.

“Genet has dramatized the story of his own life with a power and vision which take the breath away . . . One of the strongest and most vital accounts of a life ever set down on paper . . . The Thief’s Journal will undoubtedly establish Genet as one of the most daring literary figures of all time.”
- New York Post
“A literary creation of great importance and midnight beauty.”
- Library Journal

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