Jean Genet was born 19 December 1910 and died 15 April 1986
- By stretching language we’ll distort it sufficiently to wrap ourselves in it and hide.
- Creation is not a light-hearted game. The creator commits to a terrible adventure, which is to take upon himself all of the dangers that his creatures run.
- Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
- Worse than not realising the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.
- I recognise in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty – a sunken beauty.
- Poetry is the break (or rather the meeting at the breaking point) between the visible and the invisible.
- Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn’t had an audience, and lines to speak?
Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. After an early life as a petty criminal, he started writing. His major works include the novels The Thief’s Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, and The Maids.
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