BBC Radio 4 „In Our Time“: Samuel Beckett

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„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss Samuel Beck­ett (1906 – 1989), who lived in Paris and wrote his plays and nov­els in French, not because his French was bet­ter than his Eng­lish, but because it was worse. In works such as Wait­ing for Godot, Endgame, Mol­loy and Mal­one Dies, he want­ed to show the lim­i­ta­tions of lan­guage, what words could not do, togeth­er with the absur­di­ty and humour of the human con­di­tion. In part he was react­ing to the ver­bal omnipo­tence of James Joyce, with whom he’d worked in Paris, and in part to his expe­ri­ence in the French Resis­tance dur­ing World War 2, when he used code, writ­ing not to reveal mean­ing but to con­ceal it.
With Steven Con­nor (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge), Lau­ra Sal­is­bury (Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Exeter), and Mark Nixon (Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in Mod­ern Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Read­ing and co-direc­tor of the Beck­ett Inter­na­tion­al Foun­da­tion).“

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