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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,753 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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
232 pages
Published 1998 by Ayrıntı Yayınları (first published 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'
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
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
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
Michael D.
Morality is overrated. If you're beauty is you, then context is only "lice" on the cake.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Les Genêts du mal

Jouer avec la matière du passé, la modeler avec lyrisme, l'héroisant presque. Un exercice autobiographique des plus sincères. Cri et murmure, vérité et mensonge, Jean Genet vole ses souvenirs, pour la beauté du mal, et de l'amour.

"Nous savons que notre langage est incapable de rappeler même le reflet de ces états défunts, étrangers. Il en serait de même pour tout ce journal s'il devait être la notation de qui je fus. Je préciserai donc qu'il doit renseigner sur qui je suis, aujo
“Poverty made us erect” writes Jean Genet in The Thief’s Journal. The novel sets about to describe what is evil by saying what it is not; or by what it should be; or possibly could be. Genet takes the Christian-bourgeois conception and inverts it to become virtue by which those of his disposition and societal deprecation strive to emulate: poverty and crime, sex and murder; all of which become the new miracles of an outsider hagiography.

With various sexual rendezvous with Dutch sailors, criminal

Kitabın ilk 3-4 sayfasında resmen ağladım. Sonra alıştım. O kadar edebi bir dil kullanmış ki yazar, fransızcası ağırdı yani. Uzun zamandır fransızca okumamamın da etkisi herhalde. Neyse sonraları alıştım okudum güzelce. Yazarın otobiyografisi gibi bu "Hırsızın Günlüğü" kitabı. İlgilenene Türkçesi Ayrıntı yayınlarından çıkmış. Peki nerden okudum bu kitabı? Sevgili Patti Smithçiğimin kitabında inanılmaz bir Genet hayranlığı var. Hatta Paris'e gittiğinde müze
La traición es la máxima expresión del amor; el crimen, el robo, la homosexualidad son todos elementos escenciales, herramientas que utiliza Genet para trascender en el mundo subterráneo de las ciudades europeas en los años treinta. Para el autor, las acciones no tienen consecuencias éticas o morales, solamente estéticas, y por lo tanto, lo vil, lo marginado y lo andrajoso es adornado con flores, con una narrativa hermosísima llena de lirismo.

El diario es una lectura complicada y densa, no sigu
Feb 20, 2007 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers and fighters
The central tenet of this book is that being gay (and an impoverished orphan), our hero is consigned to a disrespected life. Rather than attempt to meet the demands of a society which rejects him, he clothes himself in an armor of utter depravity. If he cannot be the perfect prince he will be the perfect pauper and criminal. After the first 70 or so pages in which I struggled with the incredible egotism of the book (from Sartre’s introduction: “not all who would be are Narcissus;” as you might i ...more
Open Books
While I love Genet's writing now, I have to admit at first I found it difficult. His books were like people with really hard yet beautiful character. And it's not about the "controversy" (in art, perhaps to some extent, shock exists only as an aesthetic experience) but simply about the writing style which at first seemed tiring and a little bit pretentious - but really grew on me. But well, that's the complicated beauty of Jean Genet. In all his glory.
Un libro di contrapposizioni. Il Genet narrante e la sua “ascesa” verso il delitto e la dissoluzione, un percorso quasi spirituale verso il basso cercando in questo una sorta di elevazione .

E noi che lo leggiamo, lo giudichiamo.

Emergono così il suo io e il nostro voi. Il suo appartenere a questa popolazione nascosta di ladri e omosessuali che forma un noi che si alimenta di ogni tipo di sentimenti e degrado, e voi che leggete, quel voi fatto di perbenismo, morale, condanna del peccato. Dalla pro
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  • Death on the Installment Plan
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  • Opium: The Diary of His Cure
  • Thomas the Obscure
  • Frisk
  • Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration
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  • Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking
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  • Mademoiselle de Maupin
  • The Carnivorous Lamb
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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Our Lady of the Flowers The Balcony Querelle The Maids & Deathwatch Miracle of the Rose

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