The letter, perhaps, but not the spirit of doomspirals, captured


Some “bloke” has taken the trouble to read five new books on Samuel Beckett’s relationship with Ireland, and so TLS gave him space to write a boring book report. One book under review is a Beckett biography attempted in the style of Beckett. Reviewer Homeboy needs to tighten up his tone.

In writing such a biography, [the author] aims to take heed of the fact that Beckett distrusted life-writing generally, quoting his statement in Proust that it often reduced the “artist’s individuality” to a “cartoon”. He implies that this is the kind of biography Beckett would have written, one which does not valorize the human being but takes as its starting point (quoting Rockaby) the sentiment “Fuck life”.


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