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MIRACLE OF THE ROSE - Scarce Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Genet, Jean (Translated by Bernard Frechtman)

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ISBN 10: 0394174704 / ISBN 13: 9780394174709
Published by New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1966
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. 344 pages. Published in 1966. The author's second novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jean Genet's "Miracle de la Rose" in a landmark and legendary translation by Bernard Frechtman. Masterpiece. The latter's ground-breaking rendering of this and other indispensable works into English helped jumpstart the translation "boom" of the European canon, which continues to this day, and just as important, permanently transformed Anglo-American literary culture (for the better). A phantasmagorical account of Genet's incarceration in the Mettray penal colony (and subsequent imprisonment in the adult facility of Fountevrault), "Miracle of The Rose" portrays imprisonment as "a womb-like hive of sunless corridors and constricting passages that both shelter the prisoners and guards and incubate their stark attempts at individual development. The formless men of Mettray constantly meld and mesh into one another, existing between mental and emotional states of absolute being and permanent dissolution and drift. Genet sees Mettray as 'the universe itself', something he finds 'fabulous'. Surrounded by 400 other confined men, many who are attractive and virile, young Genet searches for potential lovers and models upon whom he might base his core-less identity" (J. E. Barnes). "Only a handful of 20th-century writers, such as Kafka and Proust, have as important, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Jean Genet collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are price-clipped or have major flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JEAN GENET TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394174704. Bookseller Inventory # 17691

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Title: MIRACLE OF THE ROSE - Scarce Fine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1966

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Miracle of the Rose was Jean Genet's second novel, composed in 1943 while the author was incarcerated in La Sante prison, and eventually published in 1946. The work itself is informed by Genet's memories of confinement, both in 'adult' prisons and the Mettray reformatory where he spent three years from the age of 15. However, as in his earlier Our Lady of the Flowers, Genet's imagination transfigures lived experience and makes for a vivid fictional world governed by the poetic force of his fantasies. The central figure in the novel is Harcamone, whom Genet first encountered at Mettray and who resurfaces, unsurprisingly, in the adult prison of Fontevrault - now a murderer, and, in the world-turned-upside-down of Genet's vision, a quasi-divine figure. Genet further explores the path of his own sexuality through accounts of his physical relations with fellow inmates, including the burglar Bulkean and his ex-Mettray lover, Divers.

About the Author:

Jean Genet was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child who never knew his parents, he was abandoned to the Public Assistance Authorities. He was ten when he was sent to a reformatory for stealing; thereafter he spent time in the prisons of nearly every country he visited in thirty years of prowling through the European underworld. With ten convictions for theft in France to his credit he was, the eleventh time, condemned to life imprisonment. Eventually he was granted a pardon by President Auriol as a result of appeals from France's leading artists and writers led by Jean Cocteau.$$$His first novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, was written while he was in prison, followed by Miracle of the Rose, the autobiographical The Thief's Journal, Querelle of Brest and Funeral Rites. He wrote six plays: The Balcony, The Blacks, The Screens, The Maids, Deathwatch and Splendid's (the manuscript of which was rediscovered only in 1993). Jean Genet died in 1986.

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