“Querelle is a sailor, assassin, dealer in opium, homosexual, thief, and traitor. . . . Genet takes seriously the threat latent in sexuality, and drags us with him to a confrontation with the basest of angels.”Michael Levenson, Harper’s Magazine
“It is awesome, perhaps the finest novel I have ever read in my life. It literally sent shivers through me, the sheer beauty of the language, the exquisite perversity of the imagination, the incredible grasp of motivationit is his most tightly plotted, best organized, most accessible novel. It is a wonder.” Dotson Rader
978-0-8021-5157-5 • $15.00 • Paperback • Mar. 1975
Querelle is regarded by many critics as Jean Genet’s highest achievement in the novelcertainly one of the landmarks of postwar French literature. The story of a dangerous man seduced by danger, it deals in a startling way with the Dostoevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation, and as a pact demanding an answering sacrifice.