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Querelle of Brest [Jean Genet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Querelle is 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. Jean Genet’s five novels have secured him international recognition as one of the masters’ of modern French fiction. He wrote “Querelle” in the.

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Please try again later. The type is exceedingly small in the edition I received — I don’t wear reading glasses, and I am using a magnifying glass.

You might want queeelle try another edition, although Streatham’s geenet is fine. The content is explicit, but Genet was an important influence, and it is very well written. No great book is for everyone.

What can one say of Genet? He was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, without a doubt, and possibly the greatest writer auerelle in the French language since Gide to address issues of male sexuality queeelle an unconventional, discursive, manner. However, a lot of his fiction to me is rather depressing–droll even in places–and this book was no different, though it did offer more realism and tangible detail than some of his other works.

The port city of Brest is one of the more-gritty cities of France, a place always associated mainly with two things: Genet well understands this and paints the city as the central character of the qkerelle. With the city taking the lead, everyone else brings up the proverbial rear: Petty crime and crime grand, it’s all querdlle. I’d certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in Genet or 20th century French literature, but I will admit it left me wanting in places.


To write a literary whodunit or fiction that desires for nothing more than to be true crime, I would look to Hawksmoor, the novel by the British writer Peter Ackroyd. While we may not want Genet to be P. James, at times the crime aspects could have been played for more interest than they were. Or, perhaps it’s just my own personal taste: I will say it’s a powerful work and lacks none of all that makes Genet great, I just couldn’t get into it gdnet I’ve always desired to get into Genet’s work.

If you can read French, do read it benet the French. Also, I expect if I read it over again, it will grow on me.


There’s a lot that’s wonderful about this book but it’s also trucated to me in places, and almost seems rushed sometimes. Still, it’s Genet and could be no other. One person found this helpful. There is deep penetration in this book.

These encounters, however, are simply perfunctory part of the ontological stream of Genet’s profound meanderings in the doings, motives and psychological stirrings of the protagonist as well as those of several other characters with whom we are becoming intimately familiar. As my first acquaintance with Jean Genet’s art, my anticipations were in no way let down. Yes, ‘tour de force’ it is. Here is a sublime creative power which could readily discuss acute observations on the nature of genius, if that had been within the ontic realm of the story.

But that’s not present in this novel, not as such.

Querelle of Brest by Jean Genet

Still, we are convinced that the true nature of such a phenomenon is sure to be found on the same profound level of psychological being at which the intertwined stories in this book unfold. Gregory Streatham is the translator, and as a non-native English speaker, I had a tough time keeping up with the opulent pervasiveness of rare English vocabulary. Without my several dictionaries, including a slang dictionary, I would not have stood a chance getting through this novel.


To elaborate, I’m a fifty year old Norwegian man, I’ve lived for two years in the United States, and I have expressed myself in English extensively. Still, had it not been for the sheer power of this literary oevre with its absolutely unfettered eroticism combining as a glue for the narrative, I would hardly have stayed with this book. In fact, I wonder if the original French is equally abstruse in this respect, or maybe the translator in this manner has added a layer of inaccessibility to prevent the book being read as pornography by less mature readers.

This novel will reveal to almost anyone poignant facets of the masculine being in one of his most explosive and almost archetypal expressions, which will, if apprehended, be novel and elucidating, even to the extent of conveying an expanded understanding of one’s very own human being, right down to their soul.

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