Our Lady of the Flowers (Paladin Books) Paperback – 21 Jan 1988
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From the Back Cover
'Our Lady of the Flowers', which is often considered to be Genet's masterpiece, was written entirely in the solitude of a prison cell. the exceptional value of the work lies in its ambiguity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jean Genet was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child who never knew his parents, he was abandoned to the Public Assistance Authorities. He was ten when he was sent to a reformatory for stealing; thereafter he spent time in the prisons of nearly every country he visited in thirty years of prowling through the European underworld. With ten convictions for theft in France to his credit he was, the eleventh time, condemned to life imprisonment. Eventually he was granted a pardon by President Auriol as a result of appeals from France's leading artists and writers led by Jean Cocteau.$$$His first novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, was written while he was in prison, followed by Miracle of the Rose, the autobiographical The Thief's Journal, Querelle of Brest and Funeral Rites. He wrote six plays: The Balcony, The Blacks, The Screens, The Maids, Deathwatch and Splendid's (the manuscript of which was rediscovered only in 1993). Jean Genet died in 1986. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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He alludes to another incarcerated French writer, the Marquis de Sade. He takes us to the internal abyss that he occupies and describes how he transcends this to make it a heaven. He probably made his isolation bearable by retreating into a world not only of his own making, but one over which he had total control.
He masturbates regularly; his fantasies fuel his writing and his writing spurs on his fantasies in turn.... Legs thrown over shoulders, "Jean" is not only the serpent that eats its tail but becomes a small, circular, self - imbibing universe all his own. The alchemists' motto could his own: "Every man his own wife."
The book is full of different phallic images e.g. hat pins, the Eucharistic host, holy water sprinkler.
He praises the sanctity of `tea rooms' as being like churches, though with a different object of worship.
He extols the criminal underclass as aristocratic and he made his solemn entrance through the door of crime aged 16.
His "moral universe" is a mirror universe where amorality reigns; his world is so exclusively concerned with flea - ridden prostitutes, child murderers who don't wipe themselves, handsome pimps who eat what they scratch out of their noses, [prostitutes] with rotting teeth, strutting, uneducated alpha male hustlers, and masochistic sodomites.Read more ›
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Excellent study of despair, passion and homosexual idolatry in prisonPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a Christmas present for our daughter. The book is beautifully bound and she is extremely pleased with it.Published on 5 Feb. 2014 by jan
I chose this book as recommended from a top 10 in gay literature. Jean Genet writes with such a poetic and beautiful manner, the story is set and the characters are lade out in... Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Cyberspin
excellent service, book in good condition (delivery slightly late compared to amazon's deadline, 1-2 days, but it's within reason).Published on 26 July 2010 by comique
After I read this book I found there was a stage veriosn performed by the Lindsay kemp company which was mesmerising. Read morePublished on 11 July 2010 by R. J. Ashley