Jean Genet (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

Jean Genet (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

Edmund White


An enticing and demanding advent to Jean Genet, this concise biography of the French author and his paintings cuts on to the intersection of inspiration and lifestyles that was once necessary to Genet's creativity. Arguing that Genet's existence used to be a rare spectacle during which the topics of his so much innovative works have been performed out, Stephen Barber provides either the paintings and its singular thought in Genet's lifestyles their complete due.

Abandoned, arrested, and time and again incarcerated, Genet, who died in 1986, led a lifestyles which can most sensible be defined as a travel of the underworld of the 20th century.

Similarly, Genet's paintings is famous by way of its approximately obsessive and sometimes savage remedy of yes ordinary subject matters. intercourse, hope, demise, oppression, domination-these rules, primary to Genet's inventive undertaking, should be obvious as preoccupations that arose without delay from the artist's travels, imprisonments, sexual and emotional relationships, and political engagements and protests. This trenchant quantity focuses without delay at the moments in Genet's existence within which these preoccupations are vividly projected in his novels, theater works, and movie projects.

Genet's works were highly influential for an unlimited array of writers, filmmakers, choreographers, and administrators, particularly at moments of social hindrance; hence Genet's lifestyles isn't just on the root of his personal paintings but in addition that of many very important artists of the 20 th century. With its frank and illuminating creation via Edmund White, Jean Genet supplies readers entry to this really good and brutal mind.

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