Regarded by many critics as Jean Genet's highest achievement in the novel certainly one of the landmarks of postwar French literature. The story of a dangerous man seduced by peril, Querelle deals in a startling way with the Dostoyevskian theme of murder as an act of total liberation.
About the Author
Jean Genet (1910-1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids, and The Screens.
Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, not including his literary translations. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into Finnish, French, German, Swedish, and Hungarian. He has received a NEA Fellowship, two grants from The Fund for Poetry, the Government of Finland's Distinguished Foreign Translator's Award, The San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award, and The Academy of American Poets' Translation Prize. He teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.