The Thief’s Journal


‘The Thief’s Journal’ is perhaps Jean Genet’s most authentically autobiographical novel; an account of his impoverished travels across 1930s Europe. The narrator is guilty of vagrancy, petty theft and prostitution, but his writing transforms such degradations into an inverted moral code, where criminality and delinquency become heroic. With a holy trinity of his own making – homosexuality, theft and betrayal – in ‘The Thief’s Journal’ Genet produced a startlingly powerful novel without precedent.

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