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The balcony: a play by Jean Genet

The balcony: a play (original 1956; edition 1966)

by Jean Genet

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Title:The balcony: a play
Authors:Jean Genet
Info:New York, NY : Grove Press
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The Balcony by Jean Genet (1956)

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The Balcony is probably the most stunning subversive work of literature to be created since the writings of the famous Marquis.... A major dramatic achievement. -- Robert Brustein, The New Republic
  Roger_Scoppie | Apr 3, 2013 |
Genet manages to play magically with the real/unreal in the context of a brothel in the middle of a revolution. Suddenly the customers of the brothel play the roles of the real life judge, bishop, general and queen (killed in the revolution?), and the revolutionary comes to the brothel to achieve his fantasy of being an hero buried eternally in a mausoleum. The play ends with Irma, the owner of the brothel, addressing the audience and warning them that the live they live outside the theater is even more false than within.
Read and re-read to fully enjoy!
PS: the wikipedia article is comprehensive and helpful for understanding and appreciating the play ( )
  jmx | Jan 10, 2011 |
nah. too existential for me. and a bit too confusing with the double talk. ( )
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“The Balcony is probably the most stunning subversive work of literature to be created since the writings of the famous Marquis.... A major dramatic achievement.” –– Robert Brustein, The New Republic

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