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Jean Genet. Çocukluğunda 'piç' ve öksüz. Büyüdüğünde 'hırsız', eşcinsel ve yazar. Babasının kim olduğu belli değildi. Annesi ise onu doğar doğmaz terk etti. Küçüklüğünü geçirdiği yetimhaneden 10 yaşında kaçtı. Tıpkı daha sonra yerleştirildiği her yerden ve katıldığı sömürge birliklerinden kaçtığı gibi... Hayatını Avrupa'nın çeşitli ülkelerinde hırsızlık, kaçakçılık gibi su ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 1998 by Ayrıntı Yayınları (first published January 1st 1949)
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Without a doubt one in a proper life needs to be obsessed with the early Kinks, a love of Howlin' Wolf, read the entire works of Oscar Wilde, to know that there is a big difference between Brian Jones era Rolling Stones to the current Ron Wood years, the love of Charles Shaw brand of wine, and this novel by Jean Genet.

It's a must for every young man and woman to read as a teenager. For old men like me it brings a tear to my eye. And why is it that?

There is something so incredibly romantic about
I started out enthusiastic, enticed, and indeed won over by Jean Genet's prose. But the prose only gets more convoluted, and without a clear narrative to boulster it, this collapses under my expectations and hopes for it. I wonder if to read it again in the future would be to take more from it, but I find myself looking forward to the end of it and generally disappointed by my reading. I wanted the nitty-gritty details of the criminal life with the autobiographical clarity of 'Down and Out in Pa ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I am hated for loving
Recommended to Mariel by: pretty little angel
"I dared not even notice the beauty of this part of the world- unless it were to look for the secret of this beauty, the imposture behind it, of which one will be a victim if he trusts it. By refusing it, I discovered poetry."

I'm saddened (embarrassed, too) by my two previous attempts to "review" Jean Genet. I don't feel as finger twisted (hah! My hands will never move in harmony with my thoughts) as those other times. So I don't have his poetry. The Thief's Journal spoke to me. Not urgently. I'
Петър Панчев
Да възвеличаеш позора, да откриеш естественото
Цялото ревю тук:

Никак, ама никак не съжалявам, че си причиних тази книга. Сякаш бях прелюбодеец, изтръгнал сърце и душа от тялото си, поканен на поход към низостта и извращението, но в свят на благочестие и преданост, какъвто Жан Жьоне боготвори с някаква непосилна за хора в неговото положение радост. Изстисках максимално от чувството си за приличие, но не посмях да разкрася различно в ума си тази трагедия, д
Fictionalized autobiography of Jean Genet's career as a petty thief in the 1930s, part of a series of works that self-analyze Genet's life and his impressions of who he is/was and what he did to meet the exigent requirements of survival and find "meaning" in living as an outlaw. The life depicted is strikingly at odds with the startlingly lucid and vibrant prose, calling into question all assumptions generally made about those we normally judge as ignominious.

Samuel R. Delany has in his works ma
"Eğer derin bir yapıt, korkunç bir biçimde kendi içine batmış bir insanın haykırışıysa, insanların
bu yapıttan uzaklaşmaları hayırlıdır," demiş yazar. Bu biraz insanların kötü olanı görmemezlikten gelip, üç maymunu oynamasına benziyor. Bunun neresi hayırlıdır ve gerçekçi midir bilinmez ama bu kitabın sizin önyargılarınızı ve size öğretilen onca "iyi şey"i silkip atabileceği bir gerçek.

Çocukluğunu yetiştirme yurtlarında, gençliğini ise sokaklarda hırsızlık ve fahişelik yaparak geçirmiş bir adamın
Dec 12, 2007 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pope Benedict XVI
Shelves: literature
The Thief's Journal is, in a superficial way, a story of darkness, drudgery, and the appreciation of beauty that underlies the filth of society, told by a traveling thief and vagrant whose shadowy encounters would put Senator Larry Craig to shame. On a different level, it is an inversion of the morals and structures of Western society by which the scoundrels, pimps, homosexuals, murderers, trannies, and litterbugs of Europe are transformed into saints who reject the modern order and its boring w ...more
Genet's masterpiece. Combined with Sarte's "Saint Genet", this book changed the way I understand art and how it works. This books is important for anyone who wants to understand evil and it's relationship to creativity, as well as the moral ambiguity of beauty.

Genet's writing is very dense and forces you into abstraction, I found myself rereading very often. It's not an immediately accessible book and I found it philosophically complex, but incredibly rewarding. I would recommend that anyone int
There's basically one theme in this book: young Genet's quest to invent a new morality ennobling homosexuality, theft and treason; making them "the holy trinity", the highest virtues. After 200 some odd pages this theme gets a bit old but the book is still a pleasure to read for it's luxuriously depraved and poetic prose.
Genet brings his criminal lovers to life with character portraits full of religious adoration, bringing to mind Henry Miller on one of his manic sprees. It's a fascinating cast
Skondensowana grafomańska egzaltacja. Przypuszczam, że to obowiązkowa lektura w piekle, bo czytanie tej książki to Tortura Ostateczna.
Michael D.
Morality is overrated. If you're beauty is you, then context is only "lice" on the cake.
James R. C.  Baker
I hear many voices in this thief's literary performance. Here is one: "I no longer know what I thought, but I remember that I offered all my woes to God. In my solitude remote from men, I came quite close to being all love, all devotion. . . Creating is not a somewhat frivolous game. The creator has committed himself to the fearful adventure of taking upon himself, to the very end, the perils risked by his creatures. We cannot suppose a creation that does not spring from love. How can a man plac ...more
Jean Genet's absorbing work of literary autobiography traverses the boundaries of genre with stunning ingenuity and imagination. This work is in some ways similar to Capote's use of the so-called "non-fiction novel," in that it recalls apparently true events through the lens of fiction. This is the reflection of a petty thief, and vagabond. Genet is a young man wandering Europe and immersing himself in a world of crime and depravity. He fuses his homosexuality with nefarious hooliganism to play ...more
I couldn't help but love Genet's bloody dark queer heart after reading this. Such fine prose, beauty and unflinching literary bravery/vulnerability are rare in combination. I think it might be easy to forget, in 2012, that there was a time when tell-all literary autobiographies replete with ghastly admissions were almost unheard of, but this book obviously blew open a very wide doorway through which some of my favorite writers emerged. Given the ambition and successful execution of this memoir - ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Tyler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults; Fans of Edgy Literature
Recommended to Tyler by: Various Reviews
Shelves: gay-interest
This semi-autobiographical account of the time in the 1930's Jean Genet lived on the streets of Barcelona, Antwerp and Paris depicts his quest for psychic survival, helped by consciously embracing a set of anti-values. Rejecting a world that rejects him, Genet tells us ...the greater my guilt, the more totally assumed, the greater my freedom.

What's unusual, besides the whole book, is Genet's particular trinity of anti-values: treachery, theft and homosexuality. He doesn't just live them passivel
Alex Hogan
This book opened my eyes to how the world is viewed by different classes. It made me realise I was viewing the world from my comfortable middle class home. Jean Genet talks of his childhood and his life of crime and how differently he viewed it to the way we did. He showed how the laws of a country are made by the middle classes to protect the middle classes and so are only observed by the middle classes. If you live outside that middle class world the laws no longer are relevant to you and so t ...more
This is the Genet bk that had the greatest impact on me. I admired the clarity of his reporting & the certainty of his position. Somewhere in it, he states something to the effect that the people w/in it are not for the reader. In other words, that it takes a certain type of person to adapt to their criminality & that the likely reader of the bk is probably not that type. I had to agree. Having read this so long ago my memory is, indeed, 'foggy', but I vaguely recall a one-armed murderer ...more
Probablemente sea culpa mía por no informarme bien sobre que iba el libro,pero teniendo por título "Diario del ladrón" no creo estar tan equivocada al esperar que hablaran sobre...robos.

El libro no se cansa de decir que gira al rededor de 3 temas: Traición,Robo y Homosexualidad,pero siendo sincera podríamos tachar las 2 primeras y decir que este libro habla sobre homosexualidad un 95% del tiempo.

Su vida como ladrón también es bastante importante dentro del relato,pero giraba exclusivamente en to
It's always been rather modish to lavish approval on Jean Genet-- if you dig transgressive fiction, Genet's going to be your guy, as most flamingly gay, ex-con, ex-homeless, left-wing French writers who hobnobbed with Black Panthers are bound to be. But aside from the fact that it is a TRANSGRESSIVE FRENCH NOVEL almost to the point of parody, it's still a well-written account of a forgotten subterranean world. RIYL William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant.
Genet treats the formative religion of his early adulthood ("theft, betrayal, and homosexuality") with brutality and tenderness, enlightening the path, through the gutters, to beauty and Sainthood.
Easily the gayest book I've ever read, and that's after the first 20 pages. Set this aside while Genet easily manipulates your stream of consciousness; one minute he's musing on the trials of life and the next you're in close proximity to a depiction of Nirvana-Hell through the eyes of a beggar. He identifies with everybody he runs into, playing on your own ego the whole time. This one's worth a read.
Robert Wilson
Years ago when I was a younger man I read this book because I liked what a friend of mine said. "Read this book and it will f*ck up your life." Frankly Genet finds the beauty in evil, poverty, illness (both mental and physical) and the emptiness in life.

It's not an easy read, and at times shocking. My friend was right. This is a book of great importance because it will "f*ck your life" by making you challenge your beliefs on what is "right" and what is "wrong."

Genet's whores, thieves, murders a
Maybe it was just because my version had a bad translation, but somehow I just couldn't enjoy the book. I highly appreciate the story of Genet' but I have a real trouble to truly understand his point of views. Definitely going to read this in original language in the future.
Oh god how I hated this book. No real plot, no real point, no interesting revelations. And it's supposed to be the memoirs of a thief!!!!! You'd think there'd be some insight into morality and pickpocket tactics -- but no. Rare is the book I give up on.
This is a marvelous piece of writing. The subject matter may defer honest appraisal, it may embarrass readers to admit that they actually read this wicked book, but Genet is a master of language who should never be ignored.
Роден през 1910 без установен произход, изоставен от майка си, обвинен в кражба още на 10-годишна възраст и изпратен в изправителна колония, станал част за кратко към Френския чуждестранен легион, автор на пет романа и няколко пиеси, три от които преведени на български и изключително активен политически, Жьоне представлява един от най-противоречивите образи на литературата, а „Дневник на крадеца” е четиво, което смело бих нарекла предшественик на бийт-обществото. Спечелил одобрението на писатели ...more
I give this book three stars because it's really difficult to read and understand. Yes, I admit I don't understand what the author is trying to say, but I'm not saying it's a bad book.

Hırsızlık, erdem, toplum, eşcinsellik, korkular, politika..
Jean Genet'nin (ve aslında hepimizin) iç dünyasına muhteşem bir yolculuk. En sevdiklerimden.
Jonathan yates
It reminds of Celine as written by a really gay man
i really enjoyed it, very darkside of humanity book
Apr 07, 2015 Maarja marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, classics
Definitely an interesting insight into the life of a thief, prostitute and beggar in the middle of the 20th century (and, really, most of the events could just as well take place today), but at some point, I started losing any empathy towards the MC (or the author, since this book is supposed to be autobiographical). While some actions are understandable, it's really hard to read about how he treats his friends and the people who love him, deliberately pushing them away. The jumps in timeline ar ...more
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  • Genet
  • La Bâtarde
  • A l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie
  • Eden, Eden, Eden
  • Selected Writings
  • If it Die...
  • Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking
  • Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration
  • Death on the Installment Plan
  • Opium: The Diary of His Cure
  • Visions of Excess
  • City of Night
  • Frisk
  • Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect
  • Maldoror and the Complete Works
  • The Pure and the Impure
  • The Torture Garden
Jean Genet was a prominent, controversial French writer and later political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing novels, plays, poems, and essays, including Querelle de Brest, The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers, The Balcony, The Blacks and The Maids.
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