Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

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Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
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Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

‘Our Lady of the Flowers’, which is often considered to be Genet’s masterpiece, was written entirely in the solitude of a prison cell. the exceptional value of the work lies in its ambiguity.

Jean Genet’s seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers (1943) is generally considered to be his finest fictional work. The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison; when the manuscript was discovered and destroyed by officials, Genet, still a prisoner, immediately set about writing it again. It isn’t difficult to understand how and why Genet was able to reproduce the novel under such circumstances, because Our Lady Of The Flowers is nothing less than a mythic recreation of Genet’s past and then – present history. Combining memories with facts, fantasies, speculations, irrational dreams, tender emotion, empathy, and philosophical insights, Genet probably made his isolation bearable by retreating into a world not only of his own making, but one over which he had total control.

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet is one of Jack Kerouac’s favorite books