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Starting in , Jean Genet—petty thief, prostitute, modernist master—spent two years in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Always an outcast himself. Prisoner of Love. Jean Genet, Author, Edmund White, Illustrator, Barbara Bray, Translator Wesleyan University Press $35 (p) ISBN Get this from a library! Prisoner of love. [Jean Genet; Barbara Bray].

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She was carrying a tray, which she put down on the little blue table with yellow and black geent, already mentioned. All the children were in the playground, groups of Palestinian kids talking about the approach of the Jordanian artillery without either boasting or fear. There are too many mistakes in the book, but still, this does not take away the beauty of it.

His deep fascination with the erotic in everyday life, hugely palpable in his descriptions of instances of repression and release in the militant culture of the fedayeen, makes this book unexpectedly and achingly sexy. Are they still as I remember them? Prisoner of Love Jean Genet Snippet view – Who dare say any man’s mother was faithful to her husband?

He lay down and probably fell straight asleep. My son would be a major spy in Mossad, working in the Israeli Embassy egnet Paris, and my grandson would be a Mirage pilot, smiling as he dropped his nean on West Beirut.

He was an old French man that could start outrageous conversations with the aide of his broken Arabic and a translator anytime and anywhere. Genet had an extremely incisive intellect. He talked to fedayeen militant fighters and Black Panthers and was unapologetically pro-Palestinian.

But what did they mean to do with this grey head, with its grey skin, grey hair, grey unshaven beard – this grey, pink, round head for ever in their midst? Throughout the Fifties he devoted himself to theater, writing the boldly experimental and increasingly political plays The Balcony, The Blacks, and The Screens.

Words, phrases, whole languages were disinterred. Or does it mean dramatically changing? I also can’t help but wonder the veracity of some of his anecdotes for he says throughout in different ways that the image of something is not necessarily yenet reality of the thing, something I am fond of pointing out to people to piss them off or when they piss me off, rather.


If the act they put on one day to protect a priest had been performed by men it would never have carried conviction. It was Octoberand I can vouch for the fact that the man in the street in Irbid, as well as the shopkeepers and hotel managers, were already quite obviously hostile towards the Palestinians. I ;risoner to live those years to the point that I decided to re-read it in attempt to live the moments all over again,,to walk around the fedayeen base, to read their love letters, capture the determination look in the eyes of “young lions” to prisonerr the camp, it’s dreams and fear And yet these pages overflow with the wisdom of an old man.

The memoir was published posthumously, so one wonders if it was as complete as he would have liked.

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There was the Palestinian people, my search for Hamza and his mother, my trips to the East, especially to Jordan, and my book. Can you remember that oft-repeated scene from twentieth century TV news of an Arab woman beating her chest in mourning and exasperation after the loss of another- sonbrotherdaughter, lover, fatherbrotherneighbor?

I half-closed my eyes, pretending I was asleep, but through my lashes I could see everything. Everything was in it at one time or another; but never my total belief, never the whole of myself.

Jul 22, Miha rated it it geneh ok. Sep 01, Kathleen is currently reading it.

Or were they lost in a mist of diffused desire, and each pure as an angel? All the same the sheer strangeness of him comes across pure and beautiful as ever.

Abandoned by his mother at seven months, he was raised in state institutions and charged with his first crime when he was ten. Prisoner of Lovewritten some ten years later, when many of the men Genet had known had been killed, and he himself was dying, is a beautifully observed description of that time and those men as well as a reaffirmation of the author’s commitment not only to the Palestinian revolution but to rebellion itself. Projects Jean Genet Jean Genet: I behaved like a prisoner of love.


But if I thought of the mother herself, for example, when she opened the door of my room, her son was always there too, enormous, watching over her with his gun in his hand.

Also, given prisoher i’m in jordan right now, the book provides some really interesting information about how palestinians and maybe jordanians viewed Jordan’s actions in the early ’70s particularly Black September – that’s what this book is focusing on, or rather it is focusing on the reaction to Black September. Prisons I found rather motherly – more so than the dangerous streets of Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona.

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Jun 28, Jeannine rated it it was amazing. All I saw of him – or of anything, almost – was his pleasant face and black hair. But even when you know all resistance will finally be in vain, you have to resist.

The witness is on his own.

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It all happened so smoothly that I realized the mother came every night with a cup of coffee and a glass of water for Hamza. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Reading Genet is like being stabbed by a ballerina with a switch-blade. What had happened in those fourteen years to turn such a free and handsome woman into the one who treated us with nothing but guile and mistrust? This is Saint Genet’s Bible and, honestly: Not that my book would show it as it actually was.

Does it mean back to roots? My library Help Advanced Book Search. Pinnacle of 20th century literature. A chicken, boat, bird, dart or aeroplane such as schoolboys make out of bits of paper – if you unfold them carefully they become a page from a newspaper or a blank sheet of paper again.