Than this study I would suggest reading Genet immerse yourself and find your own interpretation of his work it s worthwhile Genet s books are brothels where you slip inside through a crack in the door hoping no one will see you there as soon as you are inside it turns out you are utterly alone Jean Paul SartreWhen Gallimard decided to publish a Complete Works of Jean Genet at the beginning of the 1950 s they asked the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre who had been a friend of Genet since the latter got out of prison and his first clandestine published novel made the rounds of the Parisian literary crowd to write an introduction for the project Famously it grew out write an introduction for the project Famously it grew out be a 600 page tome in the original French version and it went on to constitute the entire first volume of these Complete Works It s a book that could well be uniue in the literal sense of the word I for one have never heard of anything comparable to Saint Genet Part psychoanalytical study part biographical sketch part literary interpretation part philosophy book The total and relentless vivisection of a life and a writer s career at a time that said writer is a mere 42 years old And let s not forget
That When Saint Genet when Saint Genet published in 1952 Genet had only started writing 10 years earlier in prison with his novels being published for the first time non clandestine some years later at the end of the Second World War Some Genet scholars have suggested Genet became paralyzed as a writer by Sartre s book and in fact Genet himself admitted in an interview with Playboy magazine in 1964 I saw myself naked and stripped bare by someone other than myself Sartre let me read the manuscript I finally allowed him to publish it because my concern has always been to take responsibility for what I give rise to But it took me a while to recover I was almost unable to continue writingIf you are like me not in the habit of reading philosophy books took a couple of mandatory metaphysics courses in college but most of that has evaporated than this book will probably be a challenge After 30 pages I laid it aside and proceeded by first of all reading some summaries of Sartre s existentialist philosophy so that I would at least have a little bit of a grasp on some of the concepts he uses and of which he seems to suppose the reader to have foreknowledge Apparently he goes back to a lot of the concepts and ideas that he developed in Being and Nothingness So I suppose someone who has read and studied that work will get a lot out of Saint Genet than I did It certainly is a difficult book that reuires full concentration all the time To be honest there were sections that even after rereading them three
times I still didn t grasp what Sartre was saying As a side note the book I still didn t grasp what Sartre was saying As a side note the book maybe deserves a slightly higher rating but I stubbornly stick by rating purely on the basis of my own hyper personal reading experience and my own lack of comprehending certain sections cost it someI read all of Genet s novels years ago and reread a few later and I think this is probably essential as well Saint Genet goes into such minute analysis of the novels that I can t imagine anyone enjoying it who hasn t read those novels This is not really the case for uerelle which is treated in a bit of a stepmotherly way by Sartre. Is not adapted to the present age who is not a man of his time who lives in the past Translator's noteTo say instant is to say fatal instant The instant is the reciprocal and contradictory envelopment of the before by the after One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become One lives one's death one dies one's life One feels oneself to be one's own self and another; the eternal is present in an atom of duration In the midst of the fullest life one has a foreboding that one will merely survive one is afraid of the future It is the time of anguish and of heroism of pleasure and of destruction An instant is sufficient to destroy to enjoy to ill to be illed to make one's fortune at the turn of a card Genet carries in his heart a bygone instant which has lost none of its virulence an infinitesimal and sacred void which concludes a death and begins a horrible metamorphosis The argument of this liturgical drama is as follows a child dies of shame; a hoodlum rises up in his place; the hoodlum will be haunted by the child One would .
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As he hardly mentions it and appears to consider it inferior but the other four novels are crucialWhile as others have stated this book is anything but a biography of Genet it does have a lot of biographical facts and anecdotes The two men had been friends for some years and had spent hours upon hours conversing with each other in Parisian caf s This is why Sartre has so many interesting biographical tidbits about Genet that have no other sources but Sartre Of course in interviews later in life Genet was famous for lying distorting and exaggerating the facts of his personal history So one has to wonder about how truthful he was with Sartre during their conversations But Sartre seems to be aware of this and he is always on guard with what Genet tells him Oftentimes Sartre says something like Genet says but I don t believe him and he will proceed to explain how he himself interprets things This is actually a uite fascinating dynamic In fact Saint Genet is a tale of two brilliant men In this book it is a tale of two brilliant men In this book it not just the great novelist and cult figure Jean Genet who beguiles the reader at the same time you get overwhelmed by the virtuoso display of Jean Paul Sartre s immense intellect For instance Sartre at times dedicates 4 or 5 dense pages to a single uatrain from one of the rare Genet poems or to a single prose passage of a few sentences But when he is through with his analysis your insight has indeed multiplied and your understanding of Genet who can be a very hermetic writer increases markedly As an aside I should mention though that some of the lines of thought Sartre develops in this book are now antiuated because of later developments in sociology and genetics The book was published nearly 70 years ago so this is to be expectedAs a final thought I have just read Saint Genet once but to truly appreciate it one would probably need to reread it several times and study it so as to fully savour all it has to offer Reading Saint Homicide put me in mind of this biography of Jean Genet by Sartre which I had read in college and was surprised to find I still had on one of my bookshelves Despite finding the book heavily marked up with underlined passages and notes and symbols in the margins I find it almost completely unreadable now Reading
Sartre like reading Heideggar reuires learning the foreign language of their terminology otherwise it is gobbledygooklike reading Heideggar reuires learning the foreign language of their terminology otherwise it is gobbledygook even then who nows Although the marks in the book indicate that at some point in time I thought I understood Even reading these marked passages and my notes in the margin now all I can manage is WTF It all just seems so needlessly inaccessible and repetitive For Sartre Genet was his archetype for the existentialist man and perhaps he brilliantly proves it in these 625 pages of tiny type But one could argue that if it takes 625 pages to prove your point anyway as provocative as some Fantastic I learned a lot about myself reading this book he starts with the hypothesis that the artist in this case Genet is someone that may have had their concept of the world shattered in childhood and spends the rest of their life trying to reassemble those shattered pieces through the journey of creative acts A great study of one
Of My Favorite Writers And Perhaps Onemy favorite writers and perhaps one the clearest prose works Sartre ever wrot. Ave to speak of resurrection to evoke the old initiatory rites of shamanism and secret societies were it not that Genet refuses categorically to be a man who has been resuscitated 2 There was a death that is all And Genet is nothing other than a dead man If he appears to be still alive it is with the larval existence which certain peoples ascribe to their defunct in the grave All his heroes have died at least once in their life After his first murder uerelle experienced the feeling of being dead His human form what is called the envelope of flesh continued nevertheless to move about on the surface of the earth His works are filled with meditations on death The peculiarity of these spiritual exercises is that they almost never concern his future death his being to die but rather his being dead his death as past event This original crisis also appears to him as a metamorphosis The well behaved child is suddenly transformed into a hoodlum as Gregor Samsa was changed into a bug Genet's attitude toward this metamorphosis is ambivalent he both loathes it and yearns for ,
I heard this described once as a biography of Genet It isn t really that at
all It s a chance for Sartre to philosophize about the idea of Genet VERYIt s a chance for Sartre to philosophize about the idea of Genet VERY book It s about 10% biography 20% literary criticism and 110% philosophy How did I come up with 140% This is Sartre Dude s brain was cranked to 11 While parts of this book are a bit dated overall it is a fascinating examination of an interesting author and I uite enjoyed it Worthwhile to read but not as good as reading the great Genet But it s nice to now that Genet has his obsessive fans Sartre is a little too serious Within The First 70 Pages the first 70 pages book helped me to decipher my complete modus operendi in terms of socialization But importantly it s a biographical dissection of a critical and controversial 20th century figure whom Sartre regards as the existential man within him we can find elements of the existensial crisis in us all Brilliantly written but incredibly dense its something I eep returning to but cannot read continually without drying out or conversely exploding my brain Self indulgent would be putting it nicely Everything after metamorphosis 1 Evil is pretty weak The book up through Evil which is 350 pages a book in itself and basically where this should have stopped was brilliant Having read some of the other reviews I can see the same impact that sort of high you read philosophy and theory for an overpowering clarity My head was humming with the wealth of ideas But I ve lost nearly all of that exciting feeling with the slog through the next 275 pages I was left feeling blase about the whole production the phenomenology of Genet s development as a writer felt pretentious than anything And the paragraphs that went on for 3 or 4 pages within 60 page chapters with no section breaks were positively crushing But I do feel as though I could retry Genet s Funeral Rights one day thanks to some of the interpretive heavy lifting Sartre does here the point at which an enormous chapter finally resolves in depicting FR as a sort of contrapuntal orchestration putting in play all of Genet s themes at the same time was pretty awesomeTo be sure there were really interesting elements discussed in the latter half but it didn t merit doubling the book s length it s largely repetition and exaggeration One interesting element that stood out in part 2 was the discussion of the theatrical gesture not limited to the theater but depicted as an erotic act in everyday life this seemed to be a clear influenceforerunner on Deleuze s concept of the cinematic image towards the end Sartre even says Genet constructs a war machine a term that is peppered through much of Deleuze s collaborations with Felix Guattari This book would have benefitted
#GREATLY FROM A RESTRICTIVE EDITOR IT #from a restrictive editor it have been an essential text with some tightening sartre writing on genet need i say I have such mixed feelings about this book at first it seems to help decipher the Genet books but in reality is another writer s misunderstanding of Genet s work Sartre creates his own character named Genet gives this character his own world view totally removed from the real Genet and his work Luckily this tome did not color my view of Genet s writing This book tried to define Genet in a single dimension and time Genet is so much. A selection from the beginning of the first section in Book I THE MELODIOUS CHILD DEAD IN ME LONG BEFORE THE AX CHOPS OFF MY HEAD Genet is related to that family of people who are nowadays referred to by the barbaric name of passistes 1 An accident riveted him to a childhood memory and this memory became sacred In his early childhood a liturgical drama was performed a drama of which he was the officiant he Finding Robert Johnson knew paradise and lost it he was a child and was driven from his childhood No doubt this break is not easy to localize It shifts back and forth at the dictate of his moods and myths between the ages of ten and fifteen But that is unimportant What matters is that it exists and that he believes in it His life is divided into two heterogeneous parts before and after the sacred drama Indeed it is not unusual for the memory to condense into a single mythical moment the contingencies and perpetual rebeginnings of an individual history What matters is that Genet lives and continues to relive this period of his life as if it had lasted only an instant 1 Passiste one who.