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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Because that examines the events from an individual perspective in that specific context of time and space and does not reduce human lives to simplified statistical figures among who died or fought or migrated priskner a given time. They were less clearly defined projects from a formal standpoint; they delivered less familiar rewards.

Radical change might result in radical destabilization – wch can mean even more misery than most people already have. On either side of the river men and women had been on the alert for ages.

Jun prlsoner, Iyad Abou-rabii rated it it was amazing. It is difficult to maintain this as a simple book of memoirs because ov is replete with politics of the Arab peninsula, history of shameful colonial exploits benet European powers all over the world and more specifically near and what was then Palestine, the convoluted past of the Jews, commentary on the complicated tightrope hung on masts of nationalismreligion and entitlement to a state. In jail I ran no risk of getting killed or dying of hunger; and the corridors were at once the most erotic and the most restful places I’ve ever known.

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. Perhaps I was the only one who could see it in three dimensions, as a mountain, a precipice, a murder or genrt fatal accident. But without my quite realizing it, everything that happened and every word that was spoken set itself down in my memory.

From toI found Greece pleasant. It was Octoberand I can vouch for the fact that the man in the street in Irbid, oc well as the shopkeepers and hotel managers, were already quite obviously hostile towards the Palestinians. 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.


Admittedly there are images and insights in there that will stick with me, but they are buried so deeply among the general ramblings that it hardly seems worth the read. Amazing book written by genius Genet. The judges listen and say nothing.

Jean Genet: Prisoner of Love

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She moved the table near the head of the bed, where I could reach it. In the process known as damascening the patterns are engraved on a steel plate and inlaid with gold. I often left my tent and slept under the trees, looking up at Milky Way that seemed quite close through the branches. Jean Genet a forever outsider, first unwittingly and then perhaps by choicefound not unsurprisingly many kindred spirits at the camp in Baqa’a Refugee camp in Jordan in No eBook available Click here to buy this book Amazon.

Perhaps “controversial” isn’t such a bad word choice after all. What string did the old woman or the girl have to pull to detonate the grenades? Starts little slow, but really a great read.

Prisoner of Love

The translator’s note basically says “hey prizoner – don’t blame me if this book is weird. For a short time the life, the one life of the now dead fedayee took on a density it had never had before. Writing uean 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.

I could climb as fast as the fedayeen, and I declined their hands outstreched to help me as I reached the now treeless plateau from which you could see Jericho.

Pinnacle of 20th century literature. For it was a party, the Palestinian revolt on the banks of the Jordan. If you’re against Israel you’re not an enemy or an opponent–you’re a terrorist. But instead of standing out against the sky or the fronts of houses, he seemed to be framed by a huge dark shadow lowering like a storm cloud, the contrours – or as painters would pove the values – of which suggested the vast and ponderous shape of his mother.


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One of the signs was the stream of people, dishevelled, dusty and dehydrated, fleeing along the roads from the camps at Amman, Baqa and Gaza on mules, in lorries or on foot. Who dare say any man’s mother was faithful to her husband?

Trivia About Prisoner of Love. The same is true for every page in this book where there is only one voice. In Palestine, even more than anywhere else, the woman struck me as having a quality the men lacked. In me there is no gold. Not that my book would show it as it actually was.

Was she taken in by my pretence? There were plenty of signs that the Bedouins were on their way. There is a very lucid observation from a Palestinian lady who inform Genet that they are the real Jews becasue they did not leave when the Romans invaded and later converted to Islam. The family had fled from Haifa after it was bombed, and eventually found refuge in Irbid.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. After a silence of some twenty years, Genet began his last book, Prisoner of Lovein Being abandoned and left to be brought up as an orphan was a birth that was different from but not any worse than most. What might have seemed a heroic deed was only a pretence, a good or bad imitation that unobservant eyes took for the thing itself.

The novels, the plays, this. And not only that. Should a book be considered good just because it is hard?