Our Lady of the Flowers

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Disruptive Publishing, Dec 1, 2004 - Fiction - 216 pages
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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 world not only of his own making, but one over which he had total control.

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A interesting writer ...I think. - Goodreads
Genet is just Poetry / Prose. - Goodreads
Genet's prose is like music. - Goodreads
His prose is florid to say the least. - Goodreads
Another PM selection. - Goodreads
Genet in prison writing to excite himself. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Howard - Goodreads

This novel was written by Jean Genet in Sante prison around 1943, and was publish after a final revision in 1951. The book is forthright imagined and, I presume, factualisation of a series of Parisian ... Read full review

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This book was a struggle to finish. Genet's sentences are brilliant but it was a little too difficult to tell what happened, as narration switched from reality to imagination seamlessly. That ... Read full review

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Jean Genet was born in Paris, France on December 19, 1910. He was an illegitimate child abandoned by his mother, raised by Public Assistance, and sent to live with foster parents at the age of seven. At the age of 10 he was accused of stealing. He spent five years at the Mettray Reformatory and as a young adult spent time in various European prisons for vagrancy, homosexuality, theft, and smuggling. He began writing in 1942, while in prison. His works include Our Lady of the Flowers, Miracle of the Rose, and The Thief's Journal. In 1948, he was convicted of burglary for the 10th time and condemned to automatic life imprisonment. However, by 1947, his works had gained attention from such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre, André Gide, and Jean Cocteau. After the sentence, they petitioned for his release and a pardon was granted. In the late 1940s, Genet began to write for the theatre, but several of his plays were too controversial to be performed in France. His plays included The Maids, Deathwatch, The Blacks, and The Balcony. He died on April 15, 1986.

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