THE BLACKS by Jean Genet (translated by Bernard Frechtman)

This is a play I had wanted to read for quite a while. It was fascinating and I’m glad I read it. Still, it was somewhat more lyrical than dramatic. I’d be interested in reading one of Genet’s novels. I would also warn potential readers that this is a deeply angry play that revels in the concept of racial extermination. At times, the play is almost overwhelmed by this rage. Genet does show the cyclical side of racial antagonism, especially at the end, but this may not be enough to soften the ugliness for some readers.

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