Who is Jean Genet?June 25, 2021
Jean Genet (pronounced Jan Jone) (1910-1986) French thinker, writer. He is mostly known for his plays.
The newborn baby, who was left in the orphanage by Camille Gabrielle Genet in 1910, was named Jean. When Jean was seven years old, she was placed in a family of artisans. He started stealing at the age of 10, enrolled in a craft school at the age of thirteen. But he would not stay there long; He was 15 years old in 1926 when he had his first prison experience, which lasted 3 months. When he was freed he had not been corrected; this time he went to the reformatory to stay until he came of age. Famous for the toughness of the 1930s, this reformatory turned Genet into a real criminal.
Having escaped from his military service and then from France in order to escape from the reformatory, Genet returned to France in 1937, after a year-long trip to visit many countries and prisons, and plunged back into the world of crime. For five years she either stole or prostituted. He had matured when he was once again imprisoned in 1942. She wrote her first poem, her first book Notre-Dame des Fleurs (The Virgin of the Flowers) was published. Then came Miracle de la rose (Miracle of the Rose). Journal du voleur (The Thief’s Diary), published in 1948, is in a sense an autobiography of Genet. Le balcon (The Balcony) is considered the most striking of his plays and even of all his works. In his play Balcony, he criticizes the rulers of the earth with a sarcastic and cruel language. This play was staged in Turkish by the Theater Studio in 1998. L’Atelier d’Alberto Giacometti, which includes an interview with Alberto Giacometti, who he visited in his atelier shortly before his death, and his own interpretation of Giacometti’s art, Giacometti’s Atelier is the last work of Genet.
André Gide, whom he met thanks to his books, gained his freedom as a result of the petition of Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre to the president. After this amnesty, he did not return to the underground world, but devoted himself entirely to literature. However, he did not remain indifferent to social events and oppressed people; In May 1968 he sided with students, with the American left during the Vietnam War, with the Black Panthers against racism, and with the Palestinians against Israel. His writings and interviews on these subjects were published in Turkish with the title of Open Enemy.
He was found dead in a hotel room in Paris in 1986.