Writers: Bernard Frechtman (translation), Jean Genet (play) | 4 more credits» Photos. Leonard Nimoy and Michael Forest in Deathwatch () Add Image. Deathwatch [Jean Genet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deathwatch, Jean Genet’s earliest play, was first performed in Paris in 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.

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But so is Genet with his queer brawls.

Still, interested to read some of Genet’s novels. The second text is a prison narrative, Deathwatchinvolving the politics of inmate hierarchies and how they interface with official authority. 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.

Deathwafch by the way, according to Edmund White’s biography, he thought this was his worst work.

Genet is one of the great voices in literature and everything else. Meanwhile, “The Maids” is one of my favorite plays of the 20th century.

In the middle of World War I, deathwahch British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. 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.

Rather its a disorienting psychological study of love deathwathc hate, and how the two really are the same. Apr 29, Scott Moore rated it really liked it.

Deathwatch review – Genet’s clammily powerful prison struggle

It’s probably me–a diet of pop culture with little reading of poetry and drama will do that to you. Every deahhwatch used bookstore has this title in their Drama section. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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In fact their sentence traps them in seathwatch solitude and an immense unhappiness which lends them a certain dignity. A brilliantly cruel, hard view of society. There is some latent homoeroticism.

However, because these are so stylistically intricate, they fail to ever conclude- or do they? Related News Prison Time! I doubt it was all that much better in French in Aug 10, Sketchbook rated it did veathwatch like it. Do you dust, darling?

The plays are boring as well.

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Retrieved from ” https: Once upon a time it was my most successful POD jdan ever. The plays were definitely really good and I would love love love to see them performed, but I think one of the things that amused me most was Sartre’s introduction. Two low rent paranormal investigators and their crew of losers scour metro Detroit haunts looking for proof of life after death.

Both plays were intense and uncomfortable, presumably as they were meant to be. Race car driver suffers from visions where he sees people killed. Genet is brilliant, what can I say. Dec 28, RB rated it really liked it Shelves: In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.

My deepest regret so geenet in life is that I haven’t sat down in an audience to watch a Genet play. Share this Rating Title: They plan on killing her. I plan on reading more of his stuff.

The Maids & Deathwatch

Once again, Genet seems to be concerned with the hierarchy of power relationships, but beyond that I have no idea what he’s trying to say or why he wrote the play. This article does not cite any sources. Not even in the sense that many people seem to experience Genet’s theatre, which seems to be with a kind of stunned awe. Genet is, of course, a ‘master’ at depicting such things.


May 30, MM rated it liked it. The Aquaman star picks which of his fellow DC Universe villains would win in a battle. But neither realizes the lengths to which they will go to gain respect or that, in the end, nothing they can do–including murder–will get them what they are searching for. I don’t remember caring much for the teleplay at the time either. 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.

The first text, The Maidsconcerns two servants who plan elaborate rebellions against their master, via acting out the murder. In a fictional country, the Madam of a brothel satisfies the erotic fantasies of her customers, while a revolution is sweeping the nation.

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Jan 10, Kay rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 04, Phillip rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

Both end in death. A very interesting take on gender roles, grnet how people mirror each other, draw from each other, change on the energy of each other, and have no real one identity of their own. Deathwatch makes more sense, but there aren’t any specific lines that are notable.