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Now and Then Again

Beckett Remembering Remembering Beckett: A Centenary Celebration by James Knowlson

Reviewed by Justin Beplate
Times Literary Supplement

"Towards the end of his life, Samuel Beckett, confronting the prospect of a major creative impasse, wrote to the theatre director George Tabori about the abiding illusion that had sustained him throughout his long career: 'While still "young" I began to seek consolation in the thought that then if ever, i.e. now, the true words at last, from the mind in ruins. To this illusion I continue to cling'. With typical economy, Beckett's statement brings home some of the major themes of his post-war writing, his dream of stripping away the accoutrements of language, culture and personality — the 'accidentals' of our existence — to see what remains." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement Review.

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