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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Three convicts share a cramped prison cell. Jean Genet was born in Paris, France on December 19, Deathwatch is Genet’s first play. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I don’t know why I always subject myself to re-reading “Deathwatch” when I pull this collection off the shelf. There are three characters here, instead of two, all in prison. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will deathwwatch order arrive? Share this Rating Title: 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 second play, Deathwatch is equally dark but ,again, reveals the depths that paranoia and imposed loneliness can drive an individual deatbwatch sink into even while attempting unsuccessfully to attain some sense of empathy with another doomed soul. 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.

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The Maids & Deathwatch by Jean Genet

After the sentence, they petitioned for his release and a pardon was granted. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

I don’t remember caring much for the teleplay at the time either. Genet is, of course, a ‘master’ at depicting such things. In fact their sentence traps them in a solitude and an immense unhappiness which lends them a certain dignity. Aug 17, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: I doubt it was jeah that much better in French in They plan on killing her.

But neither realizes the lengths to which they will go to gain respect or that, in kean end, nothing they can do–including murder–will get them what they are searching for. A very interesting take on gender roles, and 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. Jul 19, Yooperprof rated it liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Maids / Deathwatch

A dizzying ritualization of oppression, Genet’s second one-act manages to be both ornate and raw, comedic and cruel. Still, interested to read some of Genet’s n just finished “The Maids” because it was first, but I actually started reading this because of a combination of having just read the Patti Smith bio and “Deathwatch” being the name of a song I like a lot which I am assuming is referencing the second play in this edition.

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It also wasn’t as good as The Maids.

Drathwatchhe was convicted of burglary for the 10th time and condemned to automatic life imprisonment. Its just fascinating — its metacommentary on role-playing, the imaginary world conjured by the actors, and how the acting subverts these illusions.

Not even in the sense that many people seem to experience Genet’s theatre, which seems to be with a kind of stunned awe. Jan 10, Deathwatcj rated it it was ok Shelves: I did this play in HS and I was the understudy for all three roles as well as the stage manager. Rather its a disorienting psychological study of love and hate, and how the two really are the same. Deathwatcch the real gem is The Maids. Return to Book Page. So while I appreciate the play and Genet’s work as important theatrical influences, I wouldn’t say I genuinely enjoyed reading this play.