• $15.99

Publisher Description

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, Radiodiffusion Française commissioned Genet to write about his experience as a juvenile delinquent. He sent back a piece 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 bitterly denounced any improvement in the condition of young prisoners as a threat to their criminal souls. The radio station chose not to broadcast Genet’s views.

“The Criminal Child” appears here with a selection of Genet’s finest essays, including his celebrated piece on the art of Alberto Giacometti.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
January 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
128
Pages
PUBLISHER
New York Review Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
1
MB

More Books by Jean Genet, Charlotte Mandell & Jeffrey Zuckerman