The Thief's Journal - Jean Genet (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780802130143
Department
Books
Released
2 Feb 1994
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Jean Genet
Bernard Frechtman (Illustrator)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Pgw
Edition
Reissue
Language
English
Number of Pages
272
Dimensions
216 x 140 x 25mm (318g)

Annotation

French playwright Genet creates a self-portrait in an account reflecting his life and radical ideas about society

Summary

The Thief's Journal is perhaps Jean Genet's most authentically autobiographical novel, personifying his quest for spiritual glory through the pursuit of evil. Writing in the intensely lyrical prose style that is his trademark, the man Jean Cocteau dubbed France's "Black Prince of Letters" here reconstructs his early adult years -- time he spent as a petty criminal and vagabond, traveling through Spain and Antwerp, occasionally border hopping across the rest of Europe, always one step ahead of the authorities. "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; "One of the strongest and most vital accounts of a life ever set down on paper. . . . Genet has dramatized the story of his own life with a power and vision which take the breath away. The Thief's Journal will undoubtedly establish Genet as one of the most daring literary figures of all time." -- The New York Post

Fiction

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