The Making of Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame'/'Fin de partie'

Weller, Shane, Van Hulle, Dirk (2018) The Making of Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame'/'Fin de partie'. Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, 7 . Bloomsbury, 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-4725-2748-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book analyses the genesis of 'Fin de partie'/'Endgame'. Described by Samuel Beckett as more 'inhuman' than 'Waiting for Godot' and as possessing an ability to 'claw', it was his favourite among all his plays and yet also a work the genesis of which was particularly arduous. It took Beckett many years to complete the French version, and about the translation process he complained in 1957: 'what a losing battle it is always'. This book explores that genesis through an analysis of all the surviving manuscripts and typescripts, retracing Beckett's difficulty to begin, to continue and, eventually, to end the play. It also brings to light some hidden treasures, such as the dramatic fragment 'Louis & Blanc' and the Lord Chamberlain's copy of the English translation, in which the censor's pen excises a number of key passages, including the celebrated reference to God: 'The bastard! He doesn't exist!'

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Shane Weller
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 13:29 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66267 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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