Jean Genet

Our Lady of the Flowers

The shattering novel of underground life the New York Times called “a cry of rapture and horror . . . the purest lyrical genius.”
Jean Genet’s debut novel Our Lady of the Flowers, which is often considered to be his masterpiece, was written entirely in the solitude of a prison cell. A semi— autobiographical account of one man’s journey through the Paris demi-monde, dubbed “the epic of masturbation” by no less a figure than Jean-Paul Sartre, the novel’s exceptional value lies in its exquisite ambiguity.
361 printed pages
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    . . . It is regrettable (in a minor key; then, continuing in the major) . . . it is regrettable . . .”
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    When he walked by, Darling was smoking, and a slit of abandon in the woman's hardness of soul chanced just then to be open, a slit that catches the hook cast by innocent looking objects.
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    The room smells of whore.

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