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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This is a memoir that does not follow any linear pattern; instead it covers different years, from Genet’s time living in a Palestinian refugee camp for a couple years in the early seventies, to time in Geenet during the Israeli invasion in the mid eighties. It is also possible that is how people are in general too when you are looking for it from the right angle.

Because that examines the events geneh an individual perspective in that specific context of time and space and does not reduce human lives to simplified statistical figures among who died jeab fought or migrated at a given time. Genet is precise and scathing in describing the luxury suites at European hotels rented out by Arab leaders to hold “talks” or Yassir Arafat Not real name by the way and the PLO’s awareness of the importance of having a presence in western media of their cause.

It would be made into epics. But what if it were true that writing is a lie?

A fascinating man, I’m going to try and read more of his work. Account Options Sign in. Very rich prose with enough mind imaging to last several centuries. Genet’s final masterpiece is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world.

They were driven out there by Israeli forces and were facing two enemies, the Jordanian King and Israeli army at the same time. But why had this priskner, profoundly Christian couple, symbolizing the inconsolable grief of a mother whose son was God, appeared to me like a bolt from the blue as a symbol of the Palestinian resistance?


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Latest Additions to 3: Stephen Barber explores this unique man and his equally distinctive oeuvre, in an evening of discussion and extracts from his work and those he influenced. The back cover blurb calls it “a controversial account of the last decades of his life that translates his experience with the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Black Panthers into a meditation on power, territoriality, and the nature of the outsider.

He greeted his mother in Arabic. It may have taken me a year lovee read, but definitely worth it. Legally speaking, a witness neither opposes nor serves the judges. But why had the voice of stream grown so loud that night, so loud that it got on my nerves? Was she gent in by my pretence? I thought about this, sure that America and Israel were in no danger from a sham, from defeats presented as victories, withdrawals as advaces – in short, from a shifting dream floating over the Arab world, capable only of such unsubtle acts as killing a plane-load of passengers.

Aug 10, Gregor Kamnikar rated it it was amazing. The starry sky was gone, I could open my eyes.

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The State of Israel is a bruise, a contusion that lingers on the shoulder of Islam It seems to me that most people just leave their lives “a blank sheet”. But even the word “radical” is suspect here. I knew I was safe, not because of a Celtic physique or a layer of goose fat, but because of even shinier and stronger armour: Abandoned by his mother at seven months, he was raised in state institutions and charged with his first crime when he was ten.


Starting inJean Genet—petty thief, prostitute, modernist master—spent two years in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.

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Dec 16, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference. For example when I was writing this book, out there among the fedayeen, I was always on the other side of a boundary.

I hated this book, but had to read it through for work. Without a sound, except for four little taps at the door, and in the distance, as in a picture by Detaille, gunfire against a background of stars.


Genet’s last published book and an admirably difficult book to read. Aug 05, Rick rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Prisoner of Love. Then it became prispner shanty town, with walls and roofs made of sheets of aluminium, corrugated iron and bits of cardboard, just as wretched as the camp at Baqa. Jul 19, arnulfo. The translator’s note basically says “hey man – don’t blame me if this book is weird.

An artist writes this book through the eyes of a man and the hands of a saint. There’s plenty of self-indulgence. But a kind of uneasiness, a feeling close to nausea, an irresolution that stays my hand – these make me wonder: Writing from a tremendously distinct and complex subjectivity about his time spent with Palestinian guerillas in the 70s, he thinks and sees in ways which are both elegant, brutal and necessary.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Every country felt threatened by a people without a country. Sep 01, Kathleen is currently reading it.

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