Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences,Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius …Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.”

The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 9.4mm | 145g
  • Kent, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0802130348
  • 9780802130341
  • 182,672

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"One of the true masterpieces of the century."--Clive Barnes, "The New York Times"

"One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain."--"The Times" (London)

"Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that . . . make a poet green with envy."--Stephen Spender

"Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature."--Paul Auster
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