Querelle of Brest
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.
Only a handful of twentieth-century writers, such as Kafka and Proust, have as important, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style.
Genet takes seriously the threat latent in sexuality, and drags us with him to a confrontation with the basest of angels.
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