“It is a reference to the third century martyr Saint Genestus, the patron saint of actors, who is known in French as Genêt…Sartre is drawing parallels between the life of Genet and the mythology surrounding this saint…I have to admit this is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. It’s a biography…of Genet, who was quite famous at the time as a novelist, a playwright, and a poet. But he wasn’t hugely famous. Sartre had been asked to write a preface to a collected works of Genet, and what he ended up writing was a 700-page psychoanalytic tome.” Read more...
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