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Święty Genet. Aktor i męczennik

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Genet był artystą niezwykłym, szokującym, wręcz mitycznym. Jednym z twórców owej legendy literackiej był Sartre, a jego książka stanowi właśnie źródło mitu. Krytycy spierają się, na ile obraz Geneta wyłaniający się z książki jest dziełem samego autora, a na ile jej bohatera. Innymi słowy: czy mamy tu do czynienia z Genetem, jakiego widział - lub chciał widzieć - Sartre, cz ...more
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Published 2010 by Słowo/Obraz Terytoria (first published 1952)
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Aug 22, 2007 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Fantastic - I learned a lot about myself reading this book - he starts with the hypothesis that the artist (in this case, Genet) is someone that may have had their concept of the world shattered in childhood, and spends the rest of their life trying to reassemble those shattered pieces through the journey of creative acts. A great study of one of my favorite writers, and perhaps one of the clearest prose works Sartre ever wrote.
Mar 06, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in theories of eroticism and existentialism
within the first 70 pages, this book helped me to decipher my complete modus operendi in terms of socialization. But, more importantly, it's a biographical dissection of a critical and controversial 20th century figure whom Sartre regards as the existential man-- within him, we can find elements of the existensial crisis in us all. Brilliantly written but incredibly dense, its something I keep returning to but cannot read continually without drying out or, conversely, exploding, my brain.
May 07, 2008 Tosh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worthwhile to read but not as good as reading the great Genet. But it's nice to know that Genet has his obsessive fans. Sartre is a little too serious for my taste, but nevertheless a man of great taste in literature. Genet needed him at a time he needed friends. 'Saint Genet' is a saint, but i don't know if I want him in my house due to the fact that he will for sure steal one of my books or at least a fork and knife.
Durand Jones
I have such mixed feelings about this book, at first it seems to help decipher the Genet books, but in reality is another writer's misunderstanding of Genet's work. Sartre creates his own character named Genet, gives this character his own world view totally removed from the real Genet and his work. Luckily this tome did not color my view of Genet's writing. This book tried to define Genet in a single dimension and time, Genet is so much more than this study. I would suggest reading Genet, immer ...more
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Oct 27, 2011 Jessie B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, philosophy
While parts of this book are a bit dated, overall it is a fascinating examination of an interesting author and I quite enjoyed it
Oct 09, 2008 Syd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sartre writing on genet. need i say more?
May 24, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
برای درک بهتر این اثر سارتر، باید با شرح احوال "ژان ژنه" و آثارش آشنایی داشت. ژنه که از نوجوانی به خاطر دزدیدن نان و چیزهای کوچک، بارها به زندان افتاده بود، هم جنس گرایی بود که نمایش نامه های نبوغ آمیز اولیه اش را در زندان نوشت. سارتر و گروهی از روشنفکران اروپایی، بیانیه ای صادر کردند و خواهان آزادی ژنه شدند. "ژنه ی مقدس" که به شکلی تکان دهنده، عریان به زندگی این نویسنده ی زندانی می پردازد، در اصل رساله ای ست بلند در دفاع از آزادی انسان. ژنه پس از آزادی، تا هنگام مرگ، در هتلی در مراکش زندگی می ک ...more
Reading Saint Homicide put me in mind of this "biography" of Jean Genet by Sartre, which I had read in college and was surprised to find I still had on one of my bookshelves. Despite finding the book heavily marked up with underlined passages and notes and symbols in the margins, I find it almost completely unreadable now. Reading Sartre, like reading Heideggar, requires learning the foreign language of their terminology, otherwise it is gobbledygook. And even then, who knows? Although, the mark ...more
Mar 04, 2015 meow_meow marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I do not have the slightest idea who the hell Genet was when I brought the book for 100Php at a guerilla bookstore often found outside a drugstore near the office. But when I saw who the author was--it was Sartre--I felt right away that I need to buy it, I need to know more about this man whom Sartre admired that much. I just need to know more.

Then with the help of old friend Google, I found out that the movie Querelle was based on one of his novels (or drama?). I haven't watched it,
Banu Pluie

" Kibar zevkleri olan Culafoy ve Divine, biraz da azizliklerinden, hep nefret ettikleri şeyleri sevmek zounda kalacaklar; çünkü aziz olmak her şeyden vazgeçebilmeyi gerektirir."

// Genet'in en büyük özlemi olan azizliğ tanımlar; kutsal kelimesine günah lezzetinn verilmesiyle elde edilen azizlik, Sartre'a göre dilinin en güzel sözüdür.

Gerçeken de, en büyük kötülüğün tercih edilmesi en büyük iyiliğin tercih edilmesiyle bağlantılıdır ve bunlardan biri ne kadar kesin bir şekilde diğerine bağlanıyors
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Jan 29, 2014 John Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a long read - perhaps a bit long-winded - on Sartre's relationship with Genet. Mainly concerned with Sartre's concerns for the underdog. Very good on how Genet forged himself a sense of self in a world that had rejected him.
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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