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Querelle of Brest

Jean Genet

A beautiful new edition of Jean Genet’s classic work — part of a revitalising repackage of all of Genet’s novels for 2019. With a new introduction by Jon Savage.

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A beautiful new edition of Jean Genet’s classic work, which includes a new introduction by Jon Savage.

‘One of the great writers of our times.’ Sunday Telegraph

Querelle, a young sailor at large in the port of Brest, is an object of illicit desire to his diary-keeping superior officer, Lieutenant Seblon. He is coveted, too, by a corrupt policeman, Mario, and gives himself freely both to brothel-keeper Madame Lysiane and to her husband. But Querelle is a thief and a murderer – not a man to be trusted or trifled with.

Critic Reviews

Only a handful of twentieth-century writers, such as Kafka and Proust, have as important, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style.

Susan Sontag
Critic Reviews

Genet takes seriously the threat latent in sexuality, and drags us with him to a confrontation with the basest of angels.


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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