Our Lady of the Flowers

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Translated by Bernard Frechtman and with an introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre (who famously hailed the novel as an 'epic of masturbation'), Our Lady of the Flowers was first written on brown paper in a French prison. A guard who uncovered this unapproved activity confiscated Jean Genet's manuscript and burned it. Undaunted, Genet wrote it afresh. After private and small-press publications, its acceptance in 1951 by Gallimard put Genet immediately into the front rank of French writers. 'Our Lady of the Flowers' himself is a ...

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