Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett:Anatomy of a Literary Revolution

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Exploring the enigmas of Beckett’s work

In this fascinating new exploration of Samuel Beckett’s work, Pascale Casanova argues that Beckett’s reputation rests on a pervasive misreading of his oeuvre, which neglects entirely the literary revolution he instigated. Reintroducing the historical into the heart of this body of work, Casanova provides an arresting portrait of Beckett as radically subversive—doing for writing what Kandinsky did for art—and in the process presents the key to some of the most profound enigmas of Beckett’s writing.


  • Enlightening in its investigations into writers and philosophers who contributed to Beckett’s intellectual progress. Casanova does add something significant to the enormous existing canon of Beckett information.

    John CalderIslington Tribune
  • Fascinating, contentious.

    John BanvilleNew York Review of Books
  • Praise for The World Republic of Letters:

    Nothing like this has been attempted before. The World Republic of Letters is likely to have the same sort of liberating impact at large as Said’s Orientalism.

    Perry AndersonLondon Review of Books