Jean Genet

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0802151574

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Regarded by many critics as Jean Genet’s highest achievement in the novel –– certainly one of the landmarks of postwar French literature. The story of a dangerous man seduced by peril, Querelle deals in a startling way with the Dostoyevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation.

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bistros of Recouvrance. But within that steely hand slapping him on the back in the bar Gil sensed–and trembled at sensing–the presence of another, softer hand. The one wanted to subjugate him, so that the other could then caress him. The last couple of days Theo had been trying to make him angry. It riled him that he had not yet had his way with the younger man. In the shipyard Gil would sometimes look across at him: it was rare not to find Theo’s gaze fixed on him. Theo was a scrupulous

save me. In a shipwreck, everybody grabs hold of what is most precious to him: a violin, a manuscript, some photographs . . . Querelle would take me. But I know that he would first of all save his own beauty, even if I should die. He stood watching another crewman scrubbing the deck. Not having anything else to lean on, Querelle was leaning on his hands, one on top of the other, resting on his belt, above the flap. The whole upper part of his body was leaning forward, and under that weight the

in repose, he did not dare guess at their efficiency in a brawl–especially not one with Querelle whom he had never seen fight before. Suddenly Querelle bent over and rammed Robert in the stomach with his head, but was instantly knocked flat on his back. When he had decided to strike his brother, Robert had experienced an instant of sheer freedom, a very brief instant, hardly enough for any kind of decision. The sailor’s cap fell to one side of the flailing pair, Robert’s to the other. In order to

irrevocable and hard-won decision, a willingness to kill. He did not stop to think about its underlying reasons, nor even about its gravity, but it had such significance that the enemy, now armed with a folding knife instead of the copper’s natural weapon, the 6-35 millimeter gun, took on a ferocious and human aspect (a hellish kind of ferocity, totally unrelated to the fight itself, to any idea of vengeance for the insults they had been hurling at each other). Querelle was gripped by fear. It

painting that is an attempt to represent Jesus as a child, “in his eyes, in his smile, one can already foretell the sadness and despair of the Crucifixion,” we say that that is a truly abominable instance of bad literary writing. However, in order to succeed in giving the reader the truth about Gil’s and Querelle’s relations, he or she will have to allow us to use this detestable literary cliché we ourselves condemn, give us permission to write that Gil suddenly had a presentiment of Querelle’s

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