This is an autobiographical account of Genet's progress through Europe from Spain in the 1930s, telling of his life of crime and his exile in the company of beggars, thieves and homosexuals.
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The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet is a novel like few others, described by the New York Post as possessing 'a power and vision which take the breath away', and by Jean-Paul Sartre as 'the most beautiful book that Genet has written.'About the Author:
Jean Genet was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child who never knew his parents, he was abandoned to the Public Assistance Authorities. He was ten when he was sent to a reformatory for stealing; thereafter he spent time in the prisons of nearly every country he visited in thirty years of prowling through the European underworld. With ten convictions for theft in France to his credit he was, the eleventh time, condemned to life imprisonment. Eventually he was granted a pardon by President Auriol as a result of appeals from France's leading artists and writers led by Jean Cocteau.$$$His first novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, was written while he was in prison, followed by Miracle of the Rose, the autobiographical The Thief's Journal, Querelle of Brest and Funeral Rites. He wrote six plays: The Balcony, The Blacks, The Screens, The Maids, Deathwatch and Splendid's (the manuscript of which was rediscovered only in 1993). Jean Genet died in 1986.
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