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Frechtman, Bernard

Works: 127 works in 476 publications in 2 languages and 18,800 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Drama  Autobiographical fiction  History  Comedy plays  Erotic fiction  Gay fiction  Novels  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Adapter, Recipient, Author, tra
Classifications: PQ2613.E53, 842.912
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Most widely held works about Bernard Frechtman
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Most widely held works by Bernard Frechtman
The words by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

13 editions published between 1964 and 1981 in English and held by 2,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Paul Sartre was arguably the best-known and most influential French writer of his time. As a philosopher, as a novelist, as a playwright, as the author of filmscripts, as the editor of Les Temps Modernes, as a man who was never afraid to commit himself to the moral and political as well as the literary life of his own times, he was unique. Not since Voltaire has Western civilization produced so humane, manifold, and boldly "engaged" a man of letters. At 59, he undertook his autobiography, bringing to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight which he had applied so brilliantly in earlier books to Baudelaire and Jean Genet. "Directed to the heart as well as to the intellect," the result is like nothing else in the Sartre canon, or in France, where The Words has been accorded a place beside that other masterpiece of self-analysis, Rousseau's Confessions.--Adapted from publisher description
Saint Genet, actor and martyr by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

14 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in English and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint Genet is Jean-Paul Sartre's classic biography of Jean Genet--thief, convict, and great artist--a character of almost legendary proportions whose influence grows stronger with time. Bringing together two of the century's greatest minds and artists, Saint Genet is at once a compelling psychological portrait, masterpiece of literary criticism, and one of Sartre's most personal and inspired philosophical creations
Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet( Book )

29 editions published between 1949 and 2019 in English and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Novel by Jean Genet, written while he was in prison for burglary and published in 1944 in French as Notre-Dame des fleurs. The novel and the author were championed by many contemporary writers, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Cocteau, who helped engineer a pardon for Genet. A wildly imaginative fantasy of the Parisian underworld, the novel tells the story of Divine, a male prostitute who consorts with thieves, pimps, murderers, and other criminals and who has many sexual adventures. Written in lyrical, dreamlike prose, the novel affirms a new moral order, one in which criminals are saints, evil is glorified, and conventional taboos are freely violated."--THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LITERATURE
The blacks : a clown show by Jean Genet( Book )

13 editions published between 1960 and 1994 in English and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English translation of Genet's symbolic drama which was first performed in Paris in 1959
The balcony by Jean Genet( Book )

35 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the midst of a war-ravished city, a brothel caters to the elaborate role-playing fantasies of men from all walks of life. These perverse costumed masquerades parody and stylize the nature of the anarchic political struggle that rages outside. In a stunning series of macabre scenes, Genet presents his caustic view of man and society. -- Publisher description
The thief's journal by Jean Genet( Book )

29 editions published between 1949 and 2019 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French playwright Genet creates a self-portrait in an account reflecting his life and radical ideas about society
The ethics of ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir( Book )

35 editions published between 1948 and 2018 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simone de Beauvoir, novelist, dramatist, and philosopher, was the most distinguished woman writer in modern France. A leading exponent of French existentialism, her work complements, though it is independent of, that of Jean-Paul Sartre. In The Ethics of Ambiguity, Madame de Beauvoir penetrates at once to the central ethical problems of modern man: what shall he do, how shall he go about making values, in the face of this awareness of the absurdity of his existence? She forces the reader to face the absurdity of the human condition and then, having done so, proceeds to develop a dialectic of ambiguity which will enable him not to master the chaos, but to create with it
The screens : a play in seventeen scenes by Jean Genet( Book )

14 editions published between 1962 and 1998 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explicitly political, The Screens is set within the context of 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
Miracle of the rose by Jean Genet( Book )

18 editions published between 1965 and 2019 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This nightmarish account of prison life during the German occupation of France is dominated by the figure of the condemned murderer Harcamone, who takes root and bears unearthly blooms in the ecstatic and brooding imagination of his fellow prisoner Genet
Funeral rites by Jean Genet( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 2019 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genet's sensual and brutal portrait of the Second World War unfolds between the poles of his grief for his lover Jean, killed in the Resistance during the liberation of Paris, and his perverse attraction to the collaborator Riton. Powerfully written, and with moments of great poetic subtlety, Funeral Rites is a dark meditation on the mirror images of love and hate, sex and death
Existentialism by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

6 editions published between 1946 and 1947 in English and French and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assuming the non-existence of God, & denying the existence of a fixed human nature, Sartre refuses to allow man any support external to himself
The maids ; and, Death watch : two plays by Jean Genet( Book )

7 editions published between 1954 and 1994 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guignol's band by Louis-Ferdinand Céline( Book )

6 editions published between 1954 and 2012 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the mid 1910s, the narrative revolves around Ferdinand, an invalided French World War I veteran who lives in exile in London, and follows his small businesses and interacting with prostitutes
The maids, and, Deathwatch : two plays by Jean Genet( Book )

10 editions published between 1961 and 1989 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Maids - Deathwatch
The emotions, outline of a theory by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

18 editions published between 1948 and 2001 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although written fairly early in his career, in 1939, Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions is considered to be one of Jean-Paul Sartre's most important pieces of writing. It not only anticipates but argues many of the ideas to be found in his famous Being and Nothingness. By subjecting the emotion theories of his day to critical analysis, Sartre opened up the world of psychology to new and creative ways of interpreting feelings. Emotions are intentional and strategic ways of coping with difficult situations. We choose to utilize them, we control them, and not the other way around, as has been posited elsewhere. Emotions are not fixed; they have no essence and indeed are subject to rapid fluctuations and about-turns. For its witty approach alone, Sartre's Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions can be enjoyed at length. It is a dazzling journey to one of the more intriguing theories of our time. -- Back cover
The blue room by Georges Simenon( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerful study in guilt and obsession, the portrait of a man destroyed by the consequences of a sexual bondage
Antonin Artaud anthology by Antonin Artaud( Book )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""I am the man," wrote Artaud, "who has best charted his inmost self." Antonin Artaud was a great poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, wanted to live in the infinite and asked that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom. To society, he was a madman. Artaud, however, was not insane but in luciferian pursuit of what society keeps hidden. The man who wrote Van Gogh the Man Suicided by Society raged against the insanity of social institutions with insight that proves more prescient with every passing year. Today, as Artaud's vatic thunder still crashes above the "larval confusion" he despised, what is most striking in his writings is an extravagant lucidity. This collection gives us quintessential Artaud on the occult, magic, the theater, mind and body, the cosmos, rebellion, and revolution in its deepest sense."--BOOK JACTET
Cahier de Georges Braque, 1917-1947 by Georges Braque( Book )

6 editions published in 1948 in French and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Olympia reader : selections from the Traveller's companion series by Maurice Girodias( Book )

2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desire by Pablo Picasso( Book )

3 editions published in 1948 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Its meaning remains evasive, but it appears to be an attempt to describe the pangs of creation and the haunting fear of privation in Occuplied France as they might take form in a grotesque nightmare. Big Foot, the poet-sculptor protagonist, is bedeviled as visions of desrie and death materialize in a set of dehumanized characters: the Tart, the Fat nxiety and the Thin Anxiety; the cousin with her perpetual cooking and chatter, the Onion, the Round end; the Silence; two detached feet that complain about chillblains and The Curtains..." (New York Times 21 July 1967, describing a performance of the French original)
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The thief's journal
Our Lady of the FlowersThe blacks : a clown showThe balconyThe thief's journalThe ethics of ambiguityThe screens : a play in seventeen scenesMiracle of the roseFuneral rites
Alternative Names
Bernard Frechtman born:1914 ied:1967-03-00 Frechtman, B. (Bernard), -1967; Frechtman, Bernard, 1914-1967; Frechtman, Bernard, -1967; Frechtman, Bernard 19..-1967

Frechtman, Bernard

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French (7)