Books: The Impenitent Thief

The Impenitent Thief

MIRACLE OF THE ROSE by Jean Genet. Translated by Bernard Frechtman. 344 pages. Grove Press. $7.50.

The literature that emerges from prison is as various as Mein Kampf and Pilgrim's Progress. But the authors usually share a common conviction. More often than not they are men who regard themselves as unjustly condemned. In that company, Jailbird Jean Genet is a rarity; he has no complaint against society at large, nor does he whine that he took a bum rap. His latest book, Miracle of the Rose, is neither by an...

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