From the acclaimed author of The Balcony: “A play of epic range, of original and devastating theatrical effect…a tidal wave of total theater” (Jack Kroll, Newsweek).

Jean Genet was one of the world’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 MaidsThe Balcony, and The Blacks.

A philosophical satire of colonization, military power, and morality itself, The Screens is an epic tale of despicable outcasts whose very hatefulness becomes a galvanizing force of rebellion during the Algerian War. The play’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 screens—the only scenery—in a brilliant tour de force of spectacle and drama.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Screens
Author(s): Jean Genet
ISBN: 0-571-25032-7 / 978-0-571-25032-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Screens
Author(s): Jean Genet
ISBN: 0-8021-5158-2 / 978-0-8021-5158-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Screens
Author(s): Jean Genet
ISBN: 0-571-14875-1 / 978-0-571-14875-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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July 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Screens
Author(s): Genet Jean
ISBN: 0-394-62381-9 / 978-0-394-62381-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 1994 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Screens
Author(s): Jean Genet
Publisher: Grove Press
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