“Man cannot purge his body of its theme
As can the silkworm on a running thread
Spin a shroud to reconsider in.”
Rite of Spring: Djuna Barnes
“An opinion is a limit to understanding”.
“I reserve the right to go off topic and talk about anything I damn well like”
Andy at Ciskzereda Musings
Jean Genet´s “Querelle of Brest” became famous in the gay world when the German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, made a film of the novel in the 1980s. The novel was first published in its original French in 1953, and in English in 1966. After seeing the film, I sought out the novel – I cannot say I understood it. It is a difficult novel that I am now rereading – even now I can only read two or three pages at a time.
But the following passage, in English translation, struck me as particularly poignant, although I cannot say I understand it all … just it is making me think …
The creature in the middle of the room is murder. But why mauve, why a soft, gelatinous fish with a human head, why a glass case?
And has this anything to do with our leukaemia?
It is a beautiful piece of prose even in translation ...