Jean Genet (1910-1986) was a French dramatist, novelist, and poet, an exponent of the Theatre of Cruelty.
His turbulent life and early years spent in prison are reflected in his drama, characterized by ritual, role-play, and illusion, in which his characters come to act out their bizarre and violent fantasies.
His plays include Les Bonnes / The Maids 1947, Le Bakonl The Balcony (1957), and two plays dealing with the Algerian situation: Les Negres / The Blacks (1959), and Les Paraventst The Screens (1961).
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Jean Genet was a prominent and controversial French novelist.