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The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet's first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had...

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Details of The Maids & Deathwatch

Exact title of the book
The Maids & Deathwatch
Book author
Jean Genet
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
166 pages
Language
English
Published
February 16th 1994 by Grove Press
File size (in PDF)
664 kB
The Maids & Deathwatch

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The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet's first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had previously been content simply to vilify. In The Maids, two domestic workers, deeply resentful of their inferior social position, try to revenge themselves against society by destroying their employer. When their attempt to betray their mistress's lover to the police fails and they are in danger of being found out, they dream of murdering Madame, little aware of the true power behind their darkest fantasy.

In the second play Deathwatch, two convicts try to impress a third, who is on the verge of achieving legendary status in criminal circles. But neither realizes the lengths to which they will go to gain respect or that, in the end, nothing they can do-including murder-will get them what they are searching for.