Jean Genet was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief’s Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony,The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.
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"Ah those knock-out body fluids: blood, sperm, tears!" "I'm homosexual... how and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green." "To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance." "Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all." “One can hear all that's going on in the street. Which means that from the street one can hear what's going on in this house.” “If we behave like those on the other side, then we are the other side. Instead of changing the world, all we'll achieve is a reflection of the one we want to destroy.” ― Jean Genet, The Balcony