Samuel Beckett World Literature Analysis
“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” Those last words of L’Innommable (1953; The Unnamable, 1958), the final volume of The Trilogy, tend to summarize the author’s mature output both in prose fiction and in drama, in which human life and aspirations are reduced to bare essentials; in the short novel Comment c’est (1961; How It Is, 1964), two characters, presumably the last remnant of the human species, crawl toward each other through mud, subsisting on a diet of canned sardines left behind by a now-vanished civilization. In the memorable “Fin de partie,” suivi de “Acte sans paroles” (pr., pb. 1957; Endgame: A Play in One Act; Followed by Act Without...
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