'In Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, drama is stripped to its sheerest essence. We observe the gradual extinction of a body; of a mind; of language. We also observe the remnants of a marriage in which we hardly know which counts for more: the impenetrable and separate solitudes of woman and man, or their mutual dependence.Bleak though this is, Happy Days is life enhancing; and, by the way, deeply funny. There is no play of the twentieth century I find more marvellous.' Alistar Macaulay, Financial Times.
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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the leading literary and dramatic figures of the twentieth century, was born in Foxrock, Ireland and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1928, he visited Paris for the first time and fell in with a number of avant-garde writers and artists, including James Joyce. In 1937, he settled in Paris permanently. Beckett wrote in both English and French, though his best-known works are mostly in the latter language. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, he is remembered principally for his works for the theater, which belong to the tradition of the Theater of the Absurd and are characterized by their minimalist approach, stripping drama to its barest elements. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having "transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation." Beckett died in Paris in 1989.
At the age of seventy-six he said: "With diminished concentration, loss of memory, obscured intelligence... the more chance there is for saying something closest to what one really is. Even though everything seems inexpressible, there remains the need to express. A child need to make a sand castle even though it makes no sense. In old age, with only a few grains of sand, one has the greatest possibility." (from Playwrights at Work, ed. by George Plimpton, 2000)
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Descripción Faber & Faber, 1987. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0571066534