Criminal Child - And Other Essays

Author(s): Jean Genet; Jeffrey Zuckerman; Charlotte Mandell (Translator)

Culture & Ideas

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 expose. 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.

"Criminal Child" appears here with a selection of Genet's finest essays, including his celebrated piece on the art of Alberto Giacometti.

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General Fields

  • : 9781681373614
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : 0.368317
  • : December 2019
  • : --- length: - '8' width: - '5' units: - Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 144
  • : Paperback
  • : Jean Genet; Jeffrey Zuckerman; Charlotte Mandell (Translator)