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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Author: Carola Veit Gaby Hartel

ISBN: 978-954-320-268-3
Category: Biographies
Cover: Paperback, Format: 12x20, Pages: 174, Weight: 165 g

Price: 10.00 lv

Votes: 1

"I only take interest in human failure not success", Samuel Becket told his friend Thomas Macgreevy, not to be interesting but because this was the truth. When he was fourteen, his life seemed a complete failure. As this becomes clear from the book by Gaby Hartel and Carola Veit, he had been born with a remarkable talent of a sportsman, an intellectual and a poet, but he seemed to be rapidly wasting it. He definitively rejected an academic career; he became estranged from his family in Dublin and the only thing he could boast of in his mature age were numerous Bohemian friends, a small volume of eccentric short stories and a novel, rejected by forty two publishing houses, before coming out to the world in 1938, viz. Murphy. The reader will learn numerous other extraordinary things about Beckett's life, but most of all about the life of his works, most of which have been translated into Bulgarian. For instance, which audience had best accepted in one go without budging from beginning to end the play Waiting for Godot? These were the inmates of the evil San Quentin Prison in the USA, where the director agreed to its being performed only because there was no female part in it. Yes, indeed, Godot (1954) gave the author the success he so much detested. In the 1950s Samuel Beckett was one of the most famous personalities in the world, evidence of which was the Nobel Prize for literature later awarded to him.

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