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Beckett's "Malone Dies"

"Malone Dies was first published in 1951, in French, as Malone meurt, and later translated into English by the author, Samuel Beckett.

The second novel in Beckett's "Trilogy" (beginning with Molloy and ending with The Unnameable), it can be described as the space between wholeness and disintegration, action and total inertia. Along with the other two novels that compose the trilogy, it marked the beginning of Beckett's most significant writing, where the questions of language and the fundamentals of constructing a non-traditional narrative became a central idea in his work. One does not get a sense of plot, character development, or even setting in this novel, as with most of his subsequent writing (e.g., Texts for NothingFizzles, and How It Is). Malone Dies can be seen as the point in which Beckett took another direction with his writing, where the bareness of consciousness played a huge part in all his subsequent writings.

Malone Dies contains the famous line, "Nothing is more real than nothing", (New York: Grove, 1956; p. 16)."


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  • John

    This short novel is both a meditation on sickness and death, as well as an exploration of the mechanics of storytelling. It is also at times apallingly funny and frighteningly intimate.

    December 4, 2013

  • Galina

    I had an eventful day at the dentist's today. I really can no longer make it. Sorry about canceling last minute.

    September 12, 2013

  • Alice C.

    Just check out Beckett's books in the library. May come if I have time to read it. Here is another group reading Beckett in the Bay Area.

    September 10, 2013

  • Alexander David K.

    Sorry guys. Work intervened. Hope to catch the next meeting.

    August 26, 2013

  • Galina

    I really love French literature. I'm looking forward to our meeting.

    August 10, 2013

  • elsa

    "Nothing is more real than nothing" , Amen

    August 3, 2013

  • Alexander David K.

    First time here. Will be excited to meet everyone.

    June 18, 2013

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