Criminal Child - Jean Genet (Paperback)

And Other Essays

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Barcode
9781681373614
Department
Books
Released
21 Jan 2020
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Jean Genet
Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translator)
Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
Subtitle
And Other Essays
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Language
English
Number of Pages
280
Dimensions
203 x 127mm

Annotation

A first English-language translation of a key early work by the 20th-century French master illuminates Genet’s experiences as a juvenile delinquent against a backdrop of the mid-20th-century national debate over France’s reform-school system. Original.

Summary

The Criminal Child offers the first English translation of a key early work by Jean Genet. In 1949, in the midst of a national debate about improving the French reform-school system, a French radio station commissioned Genet to write about his experience as a juvenile delinquent. He sent back a piece about his youth that was a paean to prison instead of the expected horrifying exposé. Revisiting the cruel hazing rituals that had accompanied his incarceration, relishing the special argot spoken behind bars, Genet wondered if regulating that strange other world wouldn&;t simply prevent future children from discovering their essentially criminal nature in the way that he had. The radio station chose not broadcast Genet&;s views.
 
&;The Criminal Child&; appears here with a selection of Genet&;s finest essays, including his celebrated piece on the art of Alberto Giacometti.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Literary Collections / Essays
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 3
Art / European
Dewey Classification
808