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Jean Genet: Born to Lose Paperback – 5 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books; First Edition edition (5 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840681233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840681239
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Reed is a Jersey-born writer, poet and prose stylist. Reed has published 50 major works in 25 years. He has written more than two dozen books of poetry, 12 novels, and several volumes of literary and music criticism. He has also published translations of Montale, Cocteau, Nasrallah, Adonis, Bogary and Hölderlin. His own work has been translated abroad in numerous editions and more than a dozen languages. He has received awards from the National Poetry, Somerset Maugham, Eric Gregory, Ingram Merrill, and Royal Literary Funds. He has also won the Poetry Society's European Translation Prize.

Reed began publishing poems in magazines and small publications in the 1970s. His influences include Rimbaud, Artaud, Jean Genet, J.G. Ballard, David Bowie and Iain Sinclair. Reed has a long history of publication with Creation Books, Enitharmon and Peter Owen, however his Selected Poems is published by Penguin Books. His latest novel to be published is Here Comes the Nice.

He has collaborated with the musician Itchy Ear. They perform live under the name Ginger Light.

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Jean Genet, the poet-thief and one of the 20th century's most enduring gay icons was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child accused of stealing from his foster parents Genet at the age of 10 was sent to a reform school and spent most of his youth in the all-male communal life of harshly disciplinarian reformatories, including Mettray. In the 1930s, he was variously a deserter, a vagrant who begged his way across Europe, a prostitute, a thief and one of the dispossessed. Learning that imagination was a tool the authorities couldn't suppress, he emerged in 1942 from a series of prison stays with the first of his extraordinarily subversive novels, Our Lady of the Flowers. Taken up by Cocteau and Sartre Genet quickly became a legend to the underworld for his novels The Miracle of the Rose, Funeral Rites, Querelle of Brest and The Thief's Journal, all of which fused an inherent romanticism with the celebration of crime.

An enigmatic, flagrantly controversial figure, whose creativity was largely extinguished by the 1950s, Genet lived his life as an itinerant outsider and in the 1970s became a spokesman for the Black Panthers, and finally championed the struggle for a Palestinian homeland, writing his last posthumously published book A Prisoner of Love in defence of their cause.; The only biographical and critical study of Jean Genet in print; Illustrated throughout; National press coverage, full online promotion

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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alan and Jan on 17 Mar. 2010
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Only bought this book as my readers group read 'the uncommon reader'. Found the book totally ureaderable. Buy the uncommon reader instead!
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