Our Lady of the Flowers - Jean Genet (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780802130136
Department
Books
Released
12 Jan 1994
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Jean Genet
Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Pgw
Edition
Reissue
Language
English
Number of Pages
307
Dimensions
210 x 133 x 25mm (363g)

Summary

  • Jean Genet's first, and arguably greatest, novel was written while he was in prison. As Sartre recounts in his introduction, Genet penned this work on the brown paper which inmates were supposed to use to fold bags as a form of occupational therapy. The masterpiece he managed to produce under those difficult conditions is a lyrical portrait of the criminal underground of Paris and the thieves, murderers and pimps who occupied it. Genet approached this world through his protagonist, Divine, a male transvestite prostitute. In the world of Our Lady of the Flowers, moral conventions are turned on their head. Sinners are portrayed as saints and when evil is not celebrated outright, it is at least viewed with a benign indifference. Whether one finds Genet's work shocking or thrilling, the novel remains almost as revolutionary today as when it was first published in 1943 in a limited edition, thanks to the help of one its earliest admirers, Jean Cocteau.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / General
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Dewey Classification
843/.912

Author Bio

Sartre was born in Paris, France. He had a doctorate in philosophy.