The Thief's Journal - Jean Genet (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780802128270
Department
Books
Released
21 Aug 2018
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Jean Genet
Jean-Paul Sartre (Foreward By)
Patti Smith (Introduction by)
Bernard Frechtman (Translator)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Grove Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
272
Dimensions
210 x 140mm

Summary

  • First published in France in 1949, The Thief’s Journal is Jean Genet’s iconic work of autobiographical fiction. This new edition brings his legendary genius to future generations of readers, with an introduction by Genet’s great admirer, Patti Smith.

    From a prison cell, the journal’s narrator recounts his travels across Europe in the 1930s—as a vagabond, pickpocket, and occasional prostitute—in pursuit of spiritual fulfilment through erotic trysts and evil deeds. Worshipping his own holy trinity of homosexuality, theft, and betrayal, he conducts every burglary, and each sexual encounter, with the elaborate, reverent ritual of a religious ceremony. Dressed in rags and stealing for his survival, he must evade the authorities for as long as possible.

    A sensuous and philosophical reverie on freedom within confinement, the heroism of the outlaw, and deception as the ultimate act of devotion, The Thief’s Journal exemplifies the exquisitely lyrical combination of fact and fiction that made Genet a major figure in world literature.
  • Patti Smith has written a new introduction for The Thief’s Journal, Jean Genet’s most autobiographical novel—which follows the years he spent as a vagrant and petty criminal—hailed by Jean-Paul Sartre as Genet’s “most beautiful book”

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Gay
Dewey Classification
813