In a stunning series of macabre, climactic scenes, Genet presents his caustic view of man and society. The Blacks by Jean Genet View all 5 comments. It shows the persistent tendency of the French to offer superficial and self-righteous interpretations of current events. Jun 06, Roland rated it really liked it. The Balcony by Jean Genet. It would have been published only two years earlier, in The brothel caters to fancies.
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Thanatos and the Marquis de Sade, with whom Genet is often compared , Pynchon also equated the appetite for power with Hmm. Thanatos and the Marquis de Sade, with whom Genet is often compared , Pynchon also equated the appetite for power with sado-masochism; and ultimately the love of power is linked not only to sexual depravity but to a love of Death.
And the same goes for the General, the Chief of Police, etc. In terms of style, Genet with this play in particular has also often been compared to Bertolt Brecht. And this is certainly understandable, as there are many stylistic similarities and as Genet, like Brecht, is concerned here with critically exploring broad social problems, representing them not realistically, but as some representation thereof, something that Genet makes plain throughout as his characters often refer to themselves as wearing "masks," as being "statues," "images," etc.
In all, stylistically what Genet was doing here had been done before and thematically there was also a precedent, and other artists have since dealt with similar style and themes more successfully. I always think when reading a translated work that perhaps my lack of enthusiasm or alternatively my love for the work is owed more to the translation than to the work itself.
And this may well be the case. Genet poses for us the question, "What is the nature of virtue and its relationship with power? The are great, witty lines such as "The pimp has a grin, never a smile. You could go on and on asking questions about this play - a true mark of its genius.
Rather, it is meant to point to the reality that the powerful exist without virtue. Genet returns us to that reality with his closing lines "You must now go home, where everything -- you can be quite sure -- will be falser than here
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Il balcone (opera teatrale)