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Genet, Jean (Translated by Bernard Frechtman). MIRACLE OF THE ROSE. New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1966. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 344 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original by Grove Press. The book remains available in various and innumerable subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jean Genet's "Miracle de la Rose" in a landmark and legendary translation by Bernard Frechtman. 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 now highly collectible. 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. Most copies available online are price-clipped or have major flaws. A very 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. $100.00

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