moving on to marocco

jean genet’s grave at the larache cemetry, marocco. found via

jean genet’s grave at the larache cemetry, marocco. found via

the attentive reader is aware that there is one addition to the topic of jean genet still open (for the time being, at least).

if you got into his works and want to know more about the background of jean genet, or if you first want some background information before getting into his work i highly recommend “Genet – A Biography” by edmund white.


easily available, well written, with a lot of information, translated in many languages – well, it is my book recommendation of the day!


an additional picture – and a map that goes with it comes from horst vries – thank you:

another photo of his grave, and a map on

7 Responses to “moving on to marocco”

  1. Joseph Guderian Says:

    I’m working on a short story and would like to know why Genet who died in Paris was buried in Larache, Morocco.

  2. sunbathinglizard Says:

    i sent you an email – but in case it got lost:
    hi there,

    jean genet wished to be buried in larache, marokko, since he spent much time there living / writing. he built there as well a house for his former lover mohamed el katrani (whom he met as a homeless (mohamed, that is – jean genet already was a well known writer) in tanger and helped him, bringing him to paris and living with him- mohamed later married and had a kid jean genet adored). if i’m not mistaken he actually chose the place he was buried long before he died. mohamed could acutally see his grave from his house and visited it daily up to his death by accident a year later.

    that is the short version as much as i recall it – otherwise i recommend that you have a look at edmund white’s biography “jean genet”: search the index for “mohamed el katrani” and read the last chapter.

    regards, sunbathinglizard

  3. Dominic Says:

    I visited Genet’s grave. I was told my my local friends in Larache that Genet wished to be buried there because of the cemetary’s proximity to the sea and to a prison (there is a prison right next door). Genet loved the sea, and spent a good deal of time in prison.

  4. sunbathinglizard Says:

    thank you dominic! i also do like your explanation – and it makes sense, too. thanks for sharing!

  5. horstvries Says:

    another photo of his grave, and a map on

  6. masa Says:

    Jean Genet. His works still speak, though he is gone. You show his resting place. Though he is gone, Jean Lives. I would not suggest the biography by edmund white, but the “Thief’s Journal” by Genet, as a first read. Second, I would suggest the first 45 pages of “Funeral Rites,” read about 4 times (180pgs!), then continue with the book at your own risk. Of course, pertinent to today is his more overtly “Political” writings found in English in “The Declared Enemy.” Genet Lives.

  7. sunbathinglizard Says:

    thank you.

    yes, the thiefs journal was also my introduction into genet’s work….

    i’m not sure about funeral rites, though – hm, maybe watching fassbinder’s movie querelle?

    and certainly his account of the protests in chicago…

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