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The Genet Translations: Poetry and Posthumous Plays
     

The Genet Translations: Poetry and Posthumous Plays

by Jean Genet
 

Poetry. Drama. Translated from the French by Mark Spitzer. "Mark Spitzer has worked on these translations with a monastic patience and a martyr's zeal, and they require both ardor and dedication, since they are dense, heavily coded, daringly pornographic at times, and at other times far more lushly over-the-top than English comfortably tolerates.... No reader can

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Poetry. Drama. Translated from the French by Mark Spitzer. "Mark Spitzer has worked on these translations with a monastic patience and a martyr's zeal, and they require both ardor and dedication, since they are dense, heavily coded, daringly pornographic at times, and at other times far more lushly over-the-top than English comfortably tolerates.... No reader can truly understand Genet's plays or novels without grasping his poetry—which Mark Spitzer has made available in a convincing, accurate translation for the first time"—Edmund White. "A book with guts and integrity...a true work of scholarship and poetry...the quintessential English translation of the poems...plus impeccable translations of two groundbreaking posthumous plays [Splendid's Hotel and The Pope]"—The New Yorker.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926616193
Publisher:
Polemic Press
Publication date:
10/22/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
165

Meet the Author


Jean Genet (1910-1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids, and The Screens.

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