Bookslut reviews Saint Genet

By Josh Zajdman
Bookslut

sartre_saint coverIn Sartre's eyes, "Genet drifts from the Ethics of Evil to a black aestheticism. The metamorphosis takes place at first without his realizing it: he thinks that he is still living beneath the sun of Satan when a new sun rises: Beauty." Whereas Sartre previously engaged with Genet's relationship to evil, this section obviously couches Genet's budding relationship with art and the establishment of aesthetic criteria. This is a brief section, leading into Sartre's fullest consideration of Genet's writing in the final section, "Third Metamorphosis: The Writer." "It is along this road that we are going to follow him."

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