"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 Nothing, Fizzles, 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)."