Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution

Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution


By (author) Pascale Casanova, Translated by Gregory Elliott

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844671127
  • ISBN 13: 9781844671120
  • Sales rank: 500,924

Product description

In this brilliant new exploration of Samuel Beckett's work, Pascale Casanova argues that Beckett's reputation currently rests on a total misreading of his oeuvre, which misses entirely the literary revolution he instigated. Reintroducing the historical into the heart of this body of work, Casanova provides an arresting portrait of Beckett as radically subversive, doing for writing what Duchamp did for art. Casanova provides the key to some of the most obscure aspects of Beckett's work.

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Author information

Pascale Casanova is a researcher at the Center for Research in Arts and Language and a literary critic in Paris. She is the author of The World Republic of Letters.

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"Fascinating, contentious"--John Banville, "New York Review of Books"