The Criminal Child: Selected Essays

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The Criminal Child: Selected Essays


‘The Criminal Child’ offers the first English translation of a key early work by Jean Genet. In 1949, in the midst of a national debate about improving the French reform-school system, Radiodiffusion Française commissioned Genet to write about his experience as a juvenile delinquent. He sent back a piece that was a paean to prison instead of the expected horrifying exposé. Revisiting the cruel hazing rituals that had accompanied his incarceration, relishing the special argot spoken behind bars, Genet bitterly denounced any improvement in the condition of young prisoners as a threat to their criminal souls. The radio station chose not to broadcast Genet’s views.

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Author: Genet, Jean
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781681373614
Pages: 128
Language: English
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publisher's city: New York
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