This is Jean Genet’s first play, newly and expertly translated by David Rudkin and vividly directed by Geraldine Alexander. Set in a prison cell. The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet’s first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had previously been content simply to vilify. Deathwatch [Jean Genet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deathwatch, Jean Genet’s earliest play, was first performed in Paris in

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In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. By genett our website you agree to our use of cookies. But so is Genet with his queer brawls. Its just fascinating — its metacommentary on role-playing, the imaginary world conjured by the actors, and how the acting subverts these illusions. The second play, Deathwatch is equally dark but ,again, reveals the depths jen paranoia and imposed loneliness gwnet drive an individual to sink into even while attempting unsuccessfully to attain some sense of empathy with another doomed soul.

Still, interested to read some of Genet’s novels. I suspect Sartre felt the same way; in his introduction, he only mentions it in passing, by way of drawing out some element of The Maids. In Deathwatch, two convicts try to impress a third, who is on the verge of achieving legendary status in criminal circles. The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet’s first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had previously been content simply gemet vilify.


Maurice has a deep attachment to Green-Eyes, as does Lefranc, but secretly. When their attempt to betray their mistress’s lover to the police fails and they are in danger of being found out, they dream of murdering Madame, little aware of the true power behind their darkest fantasy.

I understand it and can appreciate it, but I don’t particularly enjoy it, I would probably never choose to teach it, and I would probably be fine if I never read it again or saw it performed.

The Maids & Deathwatch

Views Read Edit View history. But this isn’t a straightforward femme fatale thriller. Anyone who’s played servant for any length of time will immediately get why the plan to off the mistress is sound, even before we’ve met her royal highness. The Best Books of For me this play simply is. In these two plays he gendt a scathing critique of the bourgeoisie, at the same time as identifying the ways in which we all are shaped by our work, and our working conditions.

Open Deathqatch See a Problem? There is some latent homoeroticism. There are a few interesting lines in The Maidsbut the plot is silly. However, because these are so stylistically intricate, they fail to ever conclude- or do they?

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The Thief’s Journal Jean Genet. Aug 10, Sketchbook rated it did not like it. Three convicts share a cramped prison cell.


The play opens with the sisters enacting out a role-playing game where one pretends to be their mistress and the other pretends to be the other sister. I did actually see a teleplay version of The Maids a while back, without really knowing much about Genet, his work, or the characteristics of his theatre. To this day I find many parts of it to understand but I love it for reasons of nostalgia and because the language is poetic and fresh, even now.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x When you circle round, you watch us live. I would be tickled to learn that the fearsome Tenet shied away from profanity for some reason. Want to Read saving….

A Song of Love. Meanwhile, “The Maids” is one of my favorite plays of the 20th century.

The plays are boring as well. Search for ” Deathwatch ” on Amazon. I saw The Maids performed once by the Towson State theater department. Genet is, of course, a ‘master’ at depicting such things. Well, that’s not good enough. Also about the degeneracy of being a maid, if you think yourself not in that class. I think the authors personal history is extremely interesting.