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Our Lady of the Flowers

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.

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‘A beautifully written, dreamlike book . . . A true outlaw artist.’ Bobby Gillespie, The Times

Our Lady of the Flowers
, often considered Genet’s masterpiece, was written in the cell of a French prison where he was being held for theft. Here is the darker side of Montmartre, a world of pimps, thieves, prostitutes, queens and blackmailers, where ‘morality’ in the common sense of the word has no meaning. The story of Divine, a drag-queen prostitute, is interwoven with that of one of his lovers, a young man due to be arrested for murder. A story of sex, crime and death, Our Lady of the Flowers is a powerful and original debut novel, which put Genet into the front rank of French writers.

Critic Reviews

A cry of rapture and horror . . . the purest lyrical genius.

New York Times
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Genet has taken a tabooed subject and created a world that is out of this world. He is a magician, an enchanter of the highest order.

Richard Wright
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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
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Elegiac elegance, alternately muted, languorous, vituperative, tender, glamorous, bitchy, lush, mockingly feminine, “high camp”, overripe, vigorous, rigorous, exalted . . . A remarkable, sensitive achievement.

New York Times Book Review

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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