Sam Shepard’s Final Novel: “Waiting for Godot in the Desert”

“Sam Shepard‘s final work, Spy of the First Person, has been published this week by Knopf. In an early review for USA Today, Jocelyn McClurg describes it as ‘an autobiographical work of fiction’ with a “fragmentary, disjointed narrative”. McClurg goes on to offer a pithy summary suggesting a debt to the Irish writer, Samuel Beckett, calling Shepard’s novel ‘Waiting for Godot in the desert.'”

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Gare St Lazare Ireland to perform extracts from Beckett’s Watt, First Love, and Other Texts at the Abbey Theatre

In exploring the use of music in Samuel Beckett’s work, Gare St Lazare Ireland have created an entirely original performance that defies easy description.  A meditation, a celebration, an interpretation; Here All Night’s absence of linear narrative frees us to go where the words and music bring us and offers another way to access both Beckett’s world and our own.

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Lisa Dwan to read from Beckett’s ‘Foirades/Fizzles’

Royal Academy of the Arts: “To coincide with our landmark exhibition, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, Lisa Dwan reads from Foirades/Fizzles, a stunning publication that juxtaposed Jasper Johns’ vibrant, energetic etchings with a series of Samuel Beckett’s short prose pieces, both in their original French and translated into English. They have been the subject of notable scholarly works and the collection is now considered to be one of the greatest artist’s books of the 20th century, having been exhibited internationally and lauded for its significant impact across the visual arts, literature, music and theatre.”

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Emilie Morin: New Insights into Beckett’s Politics

Cambridge University Press: “In this interview with Emilie Morin, author of Beckett’s Political Imagination, we discuss what prompted Emilie to write a book on Beckett’s politics, and why Beckett traditionally is not considered to be a political playwright. Emilie also explains how Beckett’s political outlook is reflected in his writing, and she tells us what has surprised her the most when researching for this new book.”

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Estragon: Nothing to be done.
Vladimir: I’m beginning to come round to that opinion.

— WAITING FOR GODOT

Samuel Beckett and the End of Literature

How it would be possible for future writers to formulate the future of literature and literary ‘expression’ after Beckett’s literary revolution? If Beckett introduces a kind of writing that attempts to suspend all talking, all imagination in literary language which opens up literary inventiveness, and at the same time offering an ‘obligation to write’, how we can even think about the possibility of modern literature in the post-Beckett era?

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