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Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
George Jackson
1556522304
September 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Jackson gained notoriety shortly before his death in 1970 when his younger brother unsuccessfully tried to free him at gunpoint when Jackson and two others were on trial for killing a guard. Written between 1964 and 1970 while serving time in Soledad Prison for robbery, the letters reveal the brutality and racism faced by prisoners and call for unity among African Americans. This edition contains a new foreword by Jackson's nephew Jonathan. Soledad Brother remains "recommended for most libraries" (LJ 12/15/70) and is a solid title for Black History Month in February.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The Imagination of Jean Genet
Joseph H. McMahon
0313224307
Aug 1980
Hardcover
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Review
“Intelligent and capable in his handling of the complexities of Genet's mood and modes, Professor McMahon...writes a very pleasant, lucid prose....he has a just appreciation of the remarkable devices and skills which Genet has used to produce his imposing oeuvres. For all collections that include the works of Genet.”–Library Journal

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Intelligent and capable in his handling of the complexities of Genet's mood and modes, Professor McMahon...writes a very pleasant, lucid prose....he has a just appreciation of the remarkable devices and skills which Genet has used to produce his imposing oeuvres. For all collections that include the works of Genet.


Prisoner of Love
Jean Genet
1590170288
December 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Reflecting Genet's sympathy for the outcast and his personal revolt against the established order, this dense, episodic montage records the years the Frenchman spent with the Black Panthers in the U.S. in the early 1970s and with Palestinian soldiers in Jordan and Lebanon until his death in 1986. Genet glorifies two male-dominated societies--the Panthers and the PLO--that recall the all-male worlds of his youth in reform school, the army and prison and strains to compare two "virtual martyrs," neither possessing any territory of their own. Part anti-Zionist tract, part memoir and philosophical discourse, this uninhibited cascade of images and associations is less a political document than a map of Genet's mental landscape. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or...


A Genetic Approach to Structures in the Work of Jean Genet
Camille Naish
0674345819
Sept 1978
Hardcover
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On Late Style: Music and Literature against the Grain
Edward W. Said
037542105X
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This is the book culture critic Said was completing when he died in 2003. The critical survey had its genesis in a popular course Said taught at Columbia University, "Late Works/Late Style," examining "artists... whose work expresses lateness through the peculiarities of its style." Writing with insight and meticulous phrasing, Said studies the output of creative talents during their final years. The passing parade of artists, writers and composers includes Beethoven, Mozart, Jean Genet, Glenn Gould, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. In one piece, Said details dramatic contrasts between Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard and Luchino Visconti's film adaptation of that novel; in another, he compares Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (1911) with Benjamin Britten's 1973 opera of Mann's novella, composed near...


A Cock-Eyed Comedy
Juan Goytisolo
0872864502
November 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Spanish literary trickster Goytisolo exhibits fine satirical form in this bawdy, fictional tale of a Catholic cleric's sexual wanderings across history and borders. Father Trennes, the novel's determinedly priapic, oft-incarnated subject, lives in present-day Spain as a leader of the church's profoundly conservative organization, Opus Dei, but in this mischievously sacrilegious story by the author of State of Siege and other fabulist delights, the good father is a very bad boy. One exultant chapter recounts his "prayer meetings" with a series of swarthy immigrants, "firm as a steel spigot" or endowed with "a lethal jack-in-the-box." In another, he's savoring the delights of "secret dwellings"—among them the Parisian movie palace men's rooms and the bathhouses of Manhattan. The author (who pops up frequently...


The Thief's Journal
Jean Genet
0802130143
Oct 1987
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)

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Genet's fictionalized and distant account of his rambles through France, Czechoslavakia, Germany and elsewhere in the '30s and '40s, covering his time in prison, his relationships with men such as the one-armed Stilitano, along with erotic accounts of his lovers during the period, and interspersed with meditation and daydreams.


Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife: The Memoirs of Juan Goytisolo
Juan Goytisolo
185984555X
July 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In exile since the Franco regime vilified him for his frank mixture of leftist and bisexual politics, Goytisolo (The Garden of Secrets) is a Spanish writer who left for Paris in 1956. His books, some 30 of them by now, are rife with historical metafiction, plays on his literary status and denunciations of Spain's colonizing past. This beautifully written memoir, first published in Spanish as two volumes in the 1980s, covers the first 30 or so years of Goytisolo's turbulent, cafe-centered life, stretching from the Barcelona of Fascist bombardments during the Spanish civil war to the '60s, encountering cultural heroes like Genet, Che, Castro and Cort zar along the way. Under a hail of Franco's bombs, Juan and his brother Luis, also a writer, plunge into literary activity, reveling in the contradiction that...


Funeral Rites
Jean Genet
0802130879
Apr 1988
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Flowers for Jean Genet
Josef Winkler
1572410213
February 1997
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


Miracle of the Rose
Jean Genet
0802130887
Apr 1988
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Queens and Revolutionaries: New Readings of Jean Genet
Pascale Gaitet
0874138264
September 2003
Hardcover
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The Blacks
Jean Genet
0802150284
Dec 1988
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The Balcony
Jean Genet
0802150349
Sept 1958
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature
Play by Jean Genet, produced and published in 1956 as Le Balcon. Influenced by the Theater of Cruelty, The Balcony contains nine scenes, eight of which are set inside the Grand Balcony bordello. The brothel is a repository of illusion in a contemporary European city aflame with revolution. After the city's royal palace and rulers are destroyed, the bordello's costumed patrons impersonate the leaders of the city. As the masqueraders warm to their roles, they convince even the revolutionaries that the illusion created in the bordello is preferable to reality.


Our Lady of the Flowers
Jean Genet
0802130135
October 1987
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)

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Jean Genet's seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers (1943) is generally considered to be his finest fictional work. The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison; when the manuscript was discovered and destroyed by officials, Genet, still a prisoner, immediately set about writing it again. It isn't difficult to understand how and why Genet was able to reproduce the novel under such circumstances, because Our Lady Of The Flowers is nothing less than a mythic recreation of Genet's past and then - present history. Combining memories with facts, fantasies, speculations, irrational dreams, tender emotion, empathy, and philosophical insights, Genet probably made his isolation bearable by retreating into a...


Jean Genet
Stephen Barber
1861891784
March 2005
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Review
Edmund White : "A magisterial overview of the key episodes in Genet's existence, a profound understanding of his main artistic experiments and a lively sympathy for his political loyalties. . . . I relished reading this book."--Edmund White
Gregory Woods The Times Literary Supplement : "One in a new series of beautifully produced 'Critical Lives' -- very short critical biographies whose main target audience is likely to be undergraduates, but that will also do nicely for a general audience."--Times Literary Supplement
Carl Rollyson New York Sun : "He provides a powerful backdrop for understanding Genet's hatred of French society. . . . Mr. Barber's command of Genet's literature and life make his book a good starting point for understanding a sensibility that might otherwise be dismissed as vicious."--New...


The Maids and Deathwatch
Jean Genet
080215056X
Dec 1989
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Querelle
Jean Genet
0802151574
July 1989
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Rites of Passage of Jean Genet: The Art and Aesthetics of Risk Taking
Gene A. Plunka
0838634613
January 1992
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