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Comprehensive information about Jean Genet including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. Jean Genet (French:  [~ n] ; (1910-12-19 ) 19 December 1910 – 15 April 1986 (1986-04-15 ) ) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens . This educational Jean Genet resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.


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Quote Left There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter. Quote Right
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Quote Left Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me. Quote Right
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Quote Left Excluded by my birth and tastes from the social order, I was not aware of its diversity. Nothing in the world was irrelevant: the stars on a general's sleeve, the stock-market quotations, the olive harvest, the style of the judiciary, the wheat exchange, flower-beds. Nothing. This order, fearful and feared, whose details were all inter-related, had a meaning: my exile. Quote Right
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Quote Left Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man. Quote Right
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Quote Left A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle. Quote Right
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