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Jean Genet was one of the worlda€™s greatest contemporary dramatists, and his last play, The Screens, is his crowning achievement. It strikes a powerful, closing chord to the formidable theatrical work that began with Deathwatch and continued, with even bolder variations, in The Maids, The Balcony, and The Blacks. Explicitly political, The Screens is set within the context of the Algerian War. The playa€™s cast of over fifty characters moves through seventeen scenes, the world of the living breaching the world of the dead by means of shifting the screensa€”the only scenerya€”in a brilliant tour de force of spectacle and drama.He had taken in those clear, incisive noises that corresponded to a sunbeam striking a brass rail, a splinter of glass, to a ... The spontaneous apparition of a great steamer in mid-ocean would cause an instant crisis of yearning in any childa#39;s mind ... Sometimes Gil would take a walk, avoiding all the lit-up parts of the building.

Author:Jean Genet
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 1994-01-13


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