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Warning: the scenes are sexually and violently graphic. Yet, when the murderous main character describes how he felt when he killed... Well, it's mind-boggling that Genet could describe it so sensitively and beautifully.
If you loved the Todd Haynes' film, Poison, and if you enjoy exploring the minds of the damaged and desperate, Querelle is the book for you.
It is a master's work an ...more
the English translation of Querelle (originally French) is easily one of the best translations I've ever read. The lyrical beauty of the work remains wonderfully in tact. Querelle is super thick, rich, compelling, and dark. The filthy world of sailors and brothels lends itself to one of the queerest (here i meant "strangest" until I realized that it fully embodies both meanings of the word) things I've ever read. It's difficult, but so worth getting through. I fe ...more
Esta es la obra de un santo, una Anunciación dionisíaca. Parece que durante miles de años olvidé lo realmente importante. El cuerpo de un hombre, que es parecido a todos los hombres, a todos los errores amorosos que arrastro como lectora mujer heterosexual. El arrepentimiento es histérico, femenino, malamente católico. En Querelle no hay arrepentimiento por nada. Sí, hay melancolía superficial, pero la gloria es, aquí y siempre, la vitalidad. La pro-yección hacia una vida (y una literatura, una...more
Aux yeux de Genet, tous les tapettes et pé ...more
I saw the Fassbinder film based on this bk when it came out, around 1982. Id' already se ...more
Gah! A beautiful mess. More overloaded than anyone this side of Proust with startlingly comprehensive insights into the logic/language/processes of thought... Except, unlike Proust, refusing linear ordering; settling over the story like some sort of dense and omniscient fog; explaining the motivations of every. single. character...
Plenty of poetic explorations of love and violence and redemption and death...
And much queer sailor sex (wondrously, if luridly, enhanced by a viewing of Fassbinde ...more
Genet's treatment of the bawdy young criminals leave us unable to con ...more
I gave this one two stars, however, because I simply didn't like the story. The characters were emotionally underdevelop ...more
This metaphor-rich imagination treats readers to a steady rhythm of richly descriptive prose. Genet exhibits remarkable authorial control over his narrative, often intervening in it directly, and that, too, works nicely for his style. Though lacking a specific denouement, th ...more
The back of the edition I own notes that the word "deals in a startling way with the Dostoevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation", and the reference to Dostoev ...more