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Samuel Beckett used the word "fizzles" to describe eight short prose pieces written between 1973-1975.

Most fizzles are unnamed, and identified by their numbers or first few words:

Fizzle 1 [He is barehead]
Fizzle 2 [Horn came always]
Fizzle 3 Afar a Bird
Fizzle 4 [I gave up before birth]
Fizzle 5 [Closed place]
Fizzle 6 [Old earth]
Fizzle 7 Still
Fizzle 8 For to end yet ag
Published 1977 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Jun 22, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
Although included in The Complete Short Prose, I like to keep this small book--guess we'd call it a chapbook now--handy to read on its own. I consider these stories an elemental source for unconventional syntax. The stories play with many of Beckett's core themes, but it seems he is most bent on stretching language to its limits via syntactical games. So, want to know what it means to break the rules of syntax and apply it persistently amidst a narrative? Start with Fizzles.
Eric Cartier
Jul 09, 2011 Eric Cartier rated it really liked it
Nearly a decade ago, some semester at UMass, I read this slim collection. I read it too quickly. These brief pieces demand one's attention, and are best understood when read aloud. fizzle 4 is the most exquisite of them all, but they're all worth the time of any reader who has read and enjoyed any of Beckett's other works. Below are a few lines (with fizzle numbers in brackets) that are meaningful to me.

"confusion of memory and lament, of loved ones and impossible youth" [3]

"These allusions to n
Jan 08, 2008 W.B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Poets
This is one of my all-time favorite books of short fiction, right up there with Robbe-Grillet's Snapshots (yeah I'm Old Skool). Well, the argument about whether these pieces are poetry or extended prose poems could be extended infinitely, in an Eleatic game Beckett would probably love anyway. The edition with the art by Jasper Johns is killer good. The art complements the work well. This is the sort of book where you want to grab a telephone, call a friend and say "ohmigod, LISTEN to this shit.. ...more
May 14, 2010 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Beckett's "stories" have boiled down to a startling sparseness by the time these were written, between the early 60s and the early 70s. Still, there is a lot of satisfaction to be gotten from these piece, and they don't feel at all like fragments.
Kelsey Sorenson
Jul 28, 2011 Kelsey Sorenson rated it liked it
I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but rather to the reader who likes a challenge. Quick read and wonderfully written as expected of Beckett.
May 14, 2011 Cameron rated it it was ok
Mostly impenetrable chapbook with eight stories by Beckett. With the exception of Fizzle #4, this collection was completely lost on me.
Jul 31, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it
yum, more late-period beckett to suck on. i like fizzle #4 the best. samuel is my literary father figure.
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Κι εγώ ήμουν πεσσιμιστής, αλλά έχω αρχίσει να γερνάω σιγά-σιγά.
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couldn't finish it! nerve-racking :|
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the beauty of sparse language
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Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced
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