Tim Keane reviews Genet's republished Prisoner of Love, a 'mirror-memoir' in which Genet sees Palestine from the inside in an attempt to see himself from the outside. Writing for Genet meant living up to the spirit evoked by the old French expression about sundown: entre chien et loup , "between dog and wolf" - the familiar domestic given way to the rabid hunter. Jean-Paul Sartre's masterful study Saint Genet testifies to this singular quality of Genet's work, though Genet famously dismissed the landmark biography by saying it was about Sartre. In a similar vein, Genet's final book, Un Captif amoureux , a fragmented memoir of his time among the Palestinians, must be said to be as much about its author as it is about its purported subjects.

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Saint Genet's posthumous last book, a semi-surreal record of years spent with the Black Panthers in the US and with Palestinian soldiers in Jordan and Lebanon. With his celebrated literary career long abandoned, Genet , a homosexual ex-convict and castoff son of a whore, sought a strange kind of sainthood he could never achieve, one that embraced thieves and traitors. He began involving himself with marginal political groups in the late 's; these groups, he felt, kept him wrapped in the outcast state that he felt most warmed by.

But however great his sympathies, he never surrendered his intellectual freedom and saw gaps in the groups' vague political programs. He loved, rather, individual fighters and here lists their virtues as proof of his love.

Emotions live on and only the people who entertain them die. He tells no story here, leaps from one land to another while telescoping space and time, giving us perhaps the most intimate picture of terrorism ever written. Among the Panthers, terror is spectacle and theater, and what change the group brings about in fighting Nixon and white imperialism is through poetry. Unfinished, provisional, inspired—and it may be updated when the original manuscript is found.

Ringing with eloquence and intelligence. This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D. More than ,00 people are pouring into the city. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. But it is a beginning. Easy reader. Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer who later became his fourth wife and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk.

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Entre Chien et Loup: On Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love

Reading this book was like eating cheesecake for a week. Very rich prose with enough mind imaging to last several centuries. A little light on plot and the book asks a lot of the reader, but satisfying. Saint Genet's posthumous last book, a semi-surreal record of years spent with the Black Panthers in the US and with Palestinian soldiers in Jordan and Lebanon. With his celebrated literary career long Prisoner of Love. Jean Genet.


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