Our Lady of the Flowers

Jean Genet (Author) Jean-Paul Sartre (Introduction by)
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Jean Genet's masterpiece, composed entirely in the solitude of his prison cell. With an introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jean Genet's first, and arguably greatest, novel was written while he was in prison. As Sartre recounts in his introduction, Genet penned this work on the brown paper which inmates were supposed to use to fold bags as a form of occupational therapy. The masterpiece he managed to produce under those difficult conditions is a lyrical portrait of the criminal underground of Paris and the thieves, murderers and pimps who occupied it. Genet approached this world through his protagonist, Divine, a male transvestite prostitute. In the world of Our Lady of the Flowers, moral conventions are turned on their head. Sinners are portrayed as saints and when evil is not celebrated outright, it is at least viewed with a benign indifference. Whether one finds Genet's work shocking or thrilling, the novel remains almost as revolutionary today as when it was first published in 1943 in a limited edition, thanks to the help of one its earliest admirers, Jean Cocteau.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Grove Press
Publish Date
January 12, 1994
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.43 X 0.86 X 8.26 inches | 0.81 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780802130136
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About the Author

Sartre was born in Paris, France. He had a doctorate in philosophy.