By Jean Genet
Genet's sensual and brutal portrait of global conflict II unfolds among the poles of his grief for his lover Jean, killed within the Resistance through the liberation of Paris, and his perverse appeal to the collaborator Riton. Elegaic, macabre, chimerical, Funeral Rites is a depressing meditation at the reflect photos of affection and hate, intercourse and demise.
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Funeral Rites by Jean Genet