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Splendid’s

Jean Genet
Translated by Neil Bartlett
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571251131
Date Published
16.04.2009
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Summary

Splendid’s, a two-act police thriller written in 1948, was never staged in Jean Genet’s lifetime. In 1952 he announced that he had destroyed the manuscript, and the play was assumed lost. Only in 1993 did a surviving copy reappear.

Exhausted, unshaven and wearing evening dress, Genet’s gangsters never let go of their machine-guns – not even when they dance together. Their conversations contain some of Genet’s finest dialogue; an insane mixture of melodramatic speech-making and low-camp bickering, all wrapped up in a sexy pastiche of forties American film noir, lurching stylishly from tough realism into wicked black humour.

Translated by writer, performer and director Neil Bartlett, this volume also contains an introduction by Genet’s biographer, Edmund White.

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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…

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