Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802120458, 121pp.
Publication Date: July 2, 2014
This little-known text is introduced by the preeminent Beckett scholar, Dr. Mark Nixon, who situates the work in terms of its biographical context and textual references, examining how it is a vital link in the evolution of Beckett's early work. Beckett confessed that he included "all I knew" in the story. It harnesses an immense range of subjects: science, philosophy, religion, literature; combining fairy tales, gothic dreams, and classical myth. This posthumous publication marks the unexpected and highly exciting return of a literary legend.
Mark Nixon is Reader in Modern Literature at the University of Reading, where he is also the Director of the Beckett International Foundation. He has published widely on Samuel Beckett's work, and is an editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies, a member of the editorial board of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, and Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. He is the current President of the Samuel Beckett Society.
In Beckett’s fiction, every other word serves to snap the reader back to consciousness.” The New York Times Book Review
The story, which is about a man who comes back to life, was meant to be the final piece in Samuel Beckett's first collection of stories. But his original editor refused to publish it. More at NPR.org
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