Starting in , Jean Genet—petty thief, prostitute, modernist master—spent two years in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Always an outcast himself. Prisoner of Love. Jean Genet, Author, Edmund White, Illustrator, Barbara Bray, Translator Wesleyan University Press $35 (p) ISBN Get this from a library! Prisoner of love. [Jean Genet; Barbara Bray].

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They tried to merge into the tree-trunks. Even before I got there I knew my visit to the banks of the Jordan, to the Palestinian bases, could never be clearly expressed. How far away I was from the Palestinians.

A gust of wind blew the canvas, the zinc and the corrugated iron all away, and I saw the misery plain. This is clearly a novel written in the late 80s in a manner that can only ever find superficial analogue in those of the 40s. It seems to me that most people just leave their lives “a blank sheet”. But even the word “radical” is suspect here. When I saw that my life was a sort of intaglio or relief in reverse, its hollows became as terrible as abysses.

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Throughout the gwnet Genet also takes some interesting detours into the story of his friendship with the Black Panthers, and makes some boldy poetic connections between their movement and the Palestinian Revolution. What has become of him?

Radical change might result in radical destabilization – wch can mean even more misery than most people already have. Ringing with eloquence and intelligence. I ought to have seen sooner that aid to the Palestinians was an illusion. The mother and son, but not as Christian artists have depicted them, painted or sculptured in marble or wood, with the dead son lying across the knees of a mother younger than the son de-crucified, but one of them always protecting the other.


It may have taken me a year to read, but definitely worth it.

Why should I be any different? Jean Genet came at me from many different directions this year.

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The hour of metamorphoses, when people half hope, half fear that a dog will become a wolf. Was she taken in by my pretence? Prosoner bought this book from years ago but still haven’t finished reading it!!!!

On the face, it is simple enoughFrench writer living in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan between and and chronicles of his stay fo. There is an event between Jean and a young Fedeyee named Hamza that comes close to answering this enigma.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The USA is still very racist He proudly proclaims, “I’m a pederast! Hamza and his mother.

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Prisoner of Lovewritten some ten years later, when many of the men Genet had known had been killed Starting inJean Genet—petty thief, prostitute, modernist master—spent two hean in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Across fiction, essay, theatre and film, his remarkable prose explored complex desire, political engagement and a startling celebration of the marginalised.

A fascinating man, I’m going to try and read more of his work. All the children were in the playground, groups of Palestinian kids talking genft the approach of the Jordanian artillery without either boasting or fear. It would seem counterintuitive that history this violent and irreconcilable could be repurposed to serve as a vehicle prisonre the attainment of some late-in-the-game tranquility. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Some of the leaders got excited and almost insisted I finish this book.


This is a memoir that does not follow any linear pattern; instead it covers different years, from Genet’s time living in a Palestinian geent camp for a couple years in the early seventies, to time in Beirut during the Israeli invasion in the mid eighties.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Or of other places chosen regardless of reason? It’s essentially a memoir, Genet’s last book, written after a long, largely silent period of distancing himself from older work that brought him fame. Reading Genet is like being stabbed by a ballerina with a switch-blade.

Be the first to discover new talent! Genet admits that his prisoneer were at times somewhat romantic, which is okay. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. After lunch, Hamza took me into the school yard.

Jean Genet: Prisoner of Love

Although, of course, Genet wouldn’t see that. This is perhaps jeam of the most significant of nights in our writer’s life. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I remember like an owl. The memoir was published posthumously, so one wonders if it was as complete as he would have liked. Prisons I found rather motherly – more so than the dangerous streets of Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona.