Jean Genet

The Thief's Journal

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“The mist beautiful book that Genet has written.” —Jean-Paul SartreThe Thief’s Journal is perhaps Jean Genet’s most authentically biographical 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
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293 printed pages
Original publication
1994
Publication year
1994
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    “When the whores aren't around, the cops are” is an underworld proverb.
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    Though I had not managed to commit the crime, I had at least been gently bathed in the fringe of its dawning.
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    If I am accused of using such theatrical props as fun fairs, prisons, flowers, sacrilegious pickings, stations, frontiers, opium, sailors, harbors, urinals, funerals, cheap hotel rooms, of creating mediocre melodramas and confusing poetry with cheap local color, what can I answer? I have said that I love outlaws who have no other beauty than that of their bodies.

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