This is Jean Genet’s first play, newly and expertly translated by David Rudkin and vividly directed by Geraldine Alexander. Set in a prison cell. 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. Deathwatch [Jean Genet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deathwatch, Jean Genet’s earliest play, was first performed in Paris in

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Is there a higher accolade than genius? The play opens with the sisters enacting out a role-playing game where one pretends to be their mistress and the other pretends to be the other sister. Audible Download Audio Books. Also one can’t avoid this book in an used bookstore.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Lefranc, who is constantly in conflict with Maurice especially because of Green-Eyes’s woman whom both of them desireends up strangling him in order to join Green-Eyes in his solitude and dejection.

The Maids is loosely based on the infamous Paoin sisters who brutally murdered their employer and her daughter, in Francethough the play is not the story of the Papin sisters as such.

They plan on killing her.

To this day I find many parts of it to understand but I love it for reasons of nostalgia and because the language is poetic and fresh, even now. Still, interested to read some of Genet’s novels. I think the authors personal history is extremely ejan.


The Maids / Deathwatch

There is some latent homoeroticism. 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.

But so is Genet with his queer brawls. Full Cast and Genft. Genet is brilliant, what can I say.

The Maids & Deathwatch

You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Yes No Report this. Check uean the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Anyone who’s played servant for any length of time will immediately get why the plan to off the mistress is sound I don’t know why I always subject myself to re-reading “Deathwatch” when I pull this collection off the shelf.

One of them is on death row and will be executed very shortly. Edit Storyline A small-time thief battles with his gay cellmate over a third illiterate, muscular convict.

But neither realizes the lengths to which they will go to gain respect jfan that, in the end, nothing they can do–including murder–will get them what they are searching for.

I did actually see a teleplay version of The Maids a while back, without really knowing much about Genet, his work, or the characteristics of his theatre. Jan 04, Gregorio rated it really liked it.


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. Nov 04, Deathwafch rated it it was amazing. Inhe was convicted of burglary for the 10th time and condemned to automatic life imprisonment.

The Maids & Deathwatch by Jean Genet

What they soon discover is that they aren’t alone – and it isn’t a German soldier that’s hunting them down. At the age of 10 he was accused of stealing. It almost feels like a parody of Genet, although he wrote it himself.

In The Maids, two domestic workers, deeply resentful of their inferior social position, try to revenge themselves against society by destroying their employer.

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