Querelle (Paperback)

Author: Genet, Jean

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Regarded by many critics as Jean Genet''s highest achievement in the novel -- certainly one of the landmarks of postwar French literature. The story of a dangerous man seduced by peril, Querelle deals in a startling way with the Dostoyevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation.

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Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802151575
SKU 30154621
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802151574
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jean Genet
Born the illegitimate son of prostitute, Genet was a convicted thief by the age of 15. He served in the Foreign Legion and the continued a life a of petty thievery and homosexual prostitution. He was serving a life sentence when he began to write in 1942. After the publication of some works and the intervention of intellectuals like Sartre and Cocteau, he received a pardon in 1948. Genet later espoused the cause of the Black Panthers and the P.L.O.
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"In many ways, Querelle is the purest and the most austere enactment of those romantic situations that Genet's envy of handsome young men caused him to return to again and again....Genet is in an awkward, dishonest--no, an ambiguous relationship with his readers and his characters. At the beginning of his novel, he announces that he is writing for homosexuals. But Genet cannot resist scandalizing his reader who, if homosexual, must also be a prude and a hypocrite--indeed, Baudelaire's 'hypocritical reader, brother, counterpart.' ...The climactic scene is placed too early in the book, and Genet insolently acknowledges that he is breaking 'the habitual rules of narrative logic.' The conclusion is speededup becuase, as Genet admits, he has become impatient with his tale. Worst of all, the book is left incomplete, unfinished."
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Editors Note Regarded by many critics as Jean Genet?s highest achievement in the novel ?? certainly one of the landmarks of postwar French literature. The story of a dangerous man seduced by peril, Querelle deals in a startling way with the Dostoyevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation.
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Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Grove Press

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