French author, poet, essayist, and politics activist known for his novels Our Lady from the Flowers, Querelle of Brest, as well as the Thief’s Journal. He started his life like a petty legal and served amount of time in the Mettray Penal Colony before he became a member of the French Foreign Legion. He, alongside Jean Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault had been energetic in protesting assault contrary to the Algerian people in France. He was set up for adoption as a kid and spent his youngsters in foster homes. The David Bowie track “Jean Genie” was an homage to him.