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Genet, Jean (Translated by Barbara Bray) & White, Edmund (Contributor). PRISONER OF LOVE. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 375 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject, and the author's last book. One of the most important books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jean Genet's "Un Captif amoureux" in a felicitous English translation. The book that defined very early on the now-universal, contemporary notion that the personal is the political. Published posthumously (in both the French original and English translation), with an illuminating Introduction by his American biographer, Edmund White ("Genet"). While ostensibly an account of failed yet noble revolutionary struggles (Palestinian and the Black Panthers), its lasting importance is largely due to its profound "message" about the relation between power, beauty, identity, and love, especially when couched in all the other terms we use to describe these universal human urges. "Starting in 1970, Jean Genet spent two years in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Always an outcast himself, Genet was drawn to this displaced people, an attraction that was to prove as complicated for him as it was enduring. 'Prisoner of Love', written some ten years later, when many of the men Genet had known had been killed, and he himself was dying, is a beautifully observed description of that time and those men as well as a reaffirmation of the author's commitment not only to the Palestinian revolution, but to rebellion itself. For Genet's most overtly political book is also his most personal, the last step in the unrepentantly sacrilegious pilgrimage first recorded in 'The Thief's Journal', and a searching meditation, packed with visions, ruses, and contradictions, on such life-and-death issues as the politics of the image and the seductive and treacherous character of identity. Genet's final masterpiece" (Publisher's blurb). "For a book about one of the most ideologically heated conflicts of modern times, it is curiously cool and unpolemical" (Edmund White). "To read Genet is, in the end, to accept the utterly undomesticated peculiarity of his sensibility, which returns constantly to an area where revolt, passion, death, and regeneration are linked" (Edward Said). An absolute "must-have" title for Jean Genet and Edmund White collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Ediiton/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws ("Very Good" despite soiling on white DJ, tanning, browning, and tearing). 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)(SEE ALSO OTHER JEAN GENET TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0819552461. $70.00

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