Waiting for Godot - English: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (Paperback)
A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
Grove Press, 9780802130341, 128pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 1994
A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett’s first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater.
The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someoneor somethingnamed Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.
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Praise For Waiting for Godot - English: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts…
One of the true masterpieces of the century.”Clive Barnes, The New York Times
One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain.”The Times (London)
Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that . . . make a poet green with envy.”Stephen Spender
Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature.”Paul Auster