The Thief's Journal is Jean Genet's autobiography. It covers the period when he was a prostitute to sailors, and a thief. He lived in the Barcelona slums and then wandered over Central Europe, slipping across borders and in and out of innumerable jails. He was one of a brotherhood of beggars and his friends and lovers were thieves and pimps. This shocking book is the story of his life in the lowest depths of humanity.