Samuel Beckett How It Is (Calderbooks)

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How It Is (Calderbooks)

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It is one thing to be informed by Shakespeare that life is a tale told by an idiot signifying nothing”; it is something else to encounter the idea literally presented in a novel by Samuel Beckett. But I am reasonably certain that a sensitive reader who journeys through How It Is will leave the book convinced that Beckett says more that is relevant to experience in our time than Shakespeare does in Macbeth. It should come as no surprise if a decade or so hence How It Is is appraised as a masterpiece of modern literature. This poetic novel is Beckett at his height.” Webster Schott

A wonderful book, written in the sparest prose. . . . Beckett is one of the rare creative minds in our times.” Alan Pryce-Jones

What is novel is the absolute sureness of design. . . built phrase by phrase into a beautifully and tightly wrought structure a few dozen expressions permuted with deliberate redundancy accumulate meaning even as they are emptied of it, and offer themselves as points of radiation in a strange web of utter illusion.” Hugh Kenner

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A sensitive reader who journey through How It Is will leave the book convinced that the author says more that is relevant to experience in our time than Shakespeare does in Macbeth. A wonderful book, written in the sparest of prose.

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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906 and graduated from Trinity College. He settled in Paris in 1937, after travels in Germany and periods of residence in London and Dublin. He remained in France during the Second World War and was active in the French Resistance. From the spring of 1946 his plays, novels, short fiction, poetry and criticism were largely written in French. With the production of En attendant Godot in Paris in 1953, Beckett's work began to achieve widespread recognition. During his subsequent career as a playwright and novelist in both French and English he redefined the possibilities of prose fiction and writing for the theatre. Samuel Beckett won the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. He died in Paris in December 1989.

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