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The criminal child : selected essays

Genet, Jean, 1910-19862019
“The Criminal Child” appears here with a selection of Genet’s finest essays, including his celebrated piece on the art of Alberto Giacometti.The Criminal Child offers the first English translation of a key early work by Jean Genet. In 1949, in the midst of a national debate about improving the French reform-school system, a French radio station commissioned Genet to write about his experience as a juvenile delinquent. He sent back a piece about his youth that was a paean to prison instead of the expected horrifying exposé. Revisiting the cruel hazing rituals that had accompanied his incarceration, relishing the special argot spoken behind bars, Genet wondered if regulating that strange other world wouldn’t simply prevent future children from discovering their essentially criminal nature in the way that he had. The radio station chose not broadcast Genet’s views.
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The criminal child : selected essays / by Jean Genet ; translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman and Charlotte Mandell.
New York : New York Review Books, 2019
121 pages ; 21 cm.
The criminal child -- 'adame Miroir -- Letter to Leonor Fini -- Jean Cocteau... -- Letter to Jean-Jacques Pauvert -- The studio of Alberto Giacometti -- The tightrope walker.
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