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Hırsızın Günlüğü

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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 1949)
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Richard Average Genet answers that question when he says " my excitement is the oscillation from one to the other". Genet is a true homosexual, not merely the…moreGenet answers that question when he says " my excitement is the oscillation from one to the other". Genet is a true homosexual, not merely the hedonist, libertine or debauchee who pursues pleasure for its own sake. His quest, both erotic and philosophical, is to bring to light the opposites which exist sometimes like a coiled spring within. When he succeeds, whether through language or action, he is the wonder-struck witness reveling in awe and delight at the volcano I will call mortal man. In the beginning he says " I was hot for crime." Allowing a modicum of humor one might also say that 'he was hot for irony'. (less)
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Tosh
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Inderjit Sanghera
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Thief's Journey' is the journey into the strange and unique mind of Jean Genete; itinerant tramp and erstwhile novelist, the poetry of his prose beautifies the banality and brutality of its subject, of theft, violence, betrayal and murder, the depraved world of thieves, pimps and would-be murderers which Genete feels drawn to and is able to find beauty in-or rather, Genet is able to transmute his life and ideas, which upend and contradict normal concepts of herosim, love and beauty, via his ...more
Marri
Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mariel
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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'
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Emily
Dec 11, 2015 marked it as to-read-maybe  ·  review of another edition
When Fred Sonic Smith told Patti Smith he would take her anywhere in the world, she chose the prison in French Guiana that Genet regretted he was never sent to. Reading Genet is the first of many vain efforts to be half as interesting as Patti Smith.
Петър Панчев
Да възвеличаеш позора, да откриеш естественото
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2015/1...

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
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Tocotin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is like meeting an old, irritating, but oddly captivating acquaintance. I read this book when I was still in junior high, and remembered it quite vividly for all those years.

The narrative and descriptive parts of the book are interesting and intense. The philosophy, not so much. First, it’s already dated, with its concept of homosexuality as the act of defiance of the rules of society, and as the embracing of sin and darkness.

And then, it’s quite obvious that Genet invented that philosophy
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Nihan
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
"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
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ماهرعبد الرحمن
مضيت من المناظر الطبيعية في الريف، إلى منطقة صخرية حادة تنطح السماء وتمزق لونها اللازوردي. هذا العوز الخبيث الأعجف القاسي الذي يزدري رقتي وإنسانيتي، أغواني أن أكون قاسياً. وأصبحت أقل وحدة حين اكتشفت في الطبيعة إحدى صفاتي الأساسية : الفخر وأردت أن أكون صخرة وسط الصخور، آنذاك سأغدو سعيداً وفخوراً، لأني سأتحد بالأرض وألتحق برفاقي، فأنا أعرف مملكة المعادن. سنتصدى للريح والمطر والصدمات.
Conor
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Might be sacrilege to say it, but Genet is sort of a one-trick pony. He trades on the wholesome, just as the physically imposing and masculine depredate on him. He has a lot of sex and cadges drinks, viatica, and places to stay. All of this is done in a disorientatingly fluid manner.

Not enough variety or substance for me to feel invested in the plot, but I'm glad I gave him two shots.
Mark
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hoor
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اللصوصية والتشرد كموضوع ذائب وعميق من الممكن أن يًكتب عنه. هذه مذكرات شخصية (أوتوغرافية) للكاتب نفسه يذكر فيها حياة عاشها بين الممارسات الشاذة والسرقات والسجن. حياة الحشرات كما يصفها.
غريب, كيف يمكن أن تكون اللغة المكتوبة جميلة ومقرفة في الوقت نفسه. أعول كثيراً على الاشخاص اللذين يعيشون في الحضيض حياة مضطربة مشتتة غير سوية ثم يتجهو للكتابة بكل شفافية كموهبة دفينة غير مكتسبة. هؤلاء الأكثر انطاقاً للمشاعر الانسانية.

كل شيء مقرف في هذه المذكرات لكن الاسلوب انساني بحت
Michael
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Morality is overrated. If you're beauty is you, then context is only "lice" on the cake.
MARTI
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Hırsızlık, erdem, toplum, eşcinsellik, korkular, politika..
Jean Genet'nin (ve aslında hepimizin) iç dünyasına muhteşem bir yolculuk. En sevdiklerimden.
L.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skondensowana grafomańska egzaltacja. Przypuszczam, że to obowiązkowa lektura w piekle, bo czytanie tej książki to Tortura Ostateczna.
Davisson Alves
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Entre a narrativa e o fluxo de consciência. Fragmentado, entre uma ideia e outra, pontas soltas. Um livro difícil de gostar pela estrutura e pelas ideias do autor sobre crime, submissão e homossexualidade.
Кремена Михайлова
„Измяната, кражбата и хомосексуализмът са основните теми на тази книга. Между тях съществува връзка. Тя невинаги е явна, но все пак ми се струва, че има някаква съдова скаченост между вкуса ми към измяната и кражбата и любовните ми истории.“

„За да мога не аз да оградя Люсиен с щастие, а той да излъчва щастие, искам да го обработя според образа, който сам съм подготвил, донесъл, нахвърлял чрез собствените си приключения. Така малко по малко ще го свикна да ги разбира, да знае, че те са ме замесил
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Tyler
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Brian
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
James R. C.
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
Ian
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Monty
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mr.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Hogan
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, classic
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
Temz
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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
Mike
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrew
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.
Alex
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.
Joey
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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