Funeral Rites (novel)

Funeral Rites

First edition
Author Jean Genet
Original title Pompes funèbres
Translator Bernard Frechtman
Country France
Language French
Publisher Marc Barbezat - L'Arbalete (Original French), Grove Press (English Translation)
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print
ISBN 0-571-25154-4
Preceded by The Miracle of the Rose
Followed by Querelle of Brest

Funeral Rites (Pompes funèbres) is a 1948 novel by Jean Genet. It is a story of love and betrayal across political divides, written this time for the narrator's lover, Jean Decarnin, killed by the Germans in World War II.

The first edition was limited to 1,500 copies; in 1953 the text was revised by Gallimard, excising some possibly offensive passages, which became the basis for the 1953 English translation by Frechtman.[1]


  1. Plunka, Gene A. (1992). The rites of passage of Jean Genet: the art and aesthetics of risk taking. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 89. ISBN 0-8386-3461-3.

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