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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 Todd Haynes' film, Poison, and if you love exploring the minds of the damaged and desperate--Querelle is the book for you.
It is a master's work and probabl ...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
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
Uno de los elementos que más me llamó la atención fue el papel que juega Brest, la ciudad portuaria francesa, en el desarrollo de la historia: burdeles ...more
I found the idea of having an antagonistic main character leading as a "hero" an interesting twist compared to other books I've read. This book was evil, lewd, it held nothing back, it was real--delineating the many feats of human nature, the ones often hidden.
However, the story isn't the best, the characters aren't really developing, and at times I asked myself "where are we going with ...more
I gave this one two stars, however, because I simply didn't like the story. The characters were emotionally underdevelop ...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
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
I saw the Fassbinder film based on this bk when it came out, around 1982. Id' already se ...more
The story might be of interest only from a historic point of view more than anything else, as it's really daring for when it was written and it deals really blatantly with the themes of sex and violence. I found the writing rather messy, but there are passages that truly are m ...more
As with all Genet, I mostly had no idea what was going on (or why), yet I still was fascinated, aroused, and disturbed. Until Querelle, I had no idea a book could be both unreadable and captivating at the same time.
Having now read the book, I can say that the deliciously surreal Fassbinder film of the same name) is unquestionably THE best, most "faithful" (and hottes ...more
A straight guy reading this is like a straight guy wearing pink - some people may think this means you're gay, but smarter people know it's really a validation of your confidence in your identity.
One of the best GLBT-books that I've read.
Should think a little bit about the where of this too--liminal places: port town, ruins, roadsides, evening, brothel (as heterotopia?).