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How It Is by Samuel Beckett
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Sep 20, 10

Read from September 19 to 20, 2010

the broken rhythms reflected in the layout

realism, causality and explanation are written out. only that required to subsist remains.

only Beckett devoid of punctuation

the final line of each page is deliberately shortened, left incomplete. the amount of space between the fragments is varied to ensure that fragments do not overflow onto the next page

monologue: false starts, self-corrections, interruptions, repetition. scarce grammatical linkages.

repetition: crucial organisation as well as expressive resource; word-groups become familiar as units of meaning thanks to frequent repetition; they punctuate and divide phrases into shorter units. much like everyday, informal speech. benefits from being read alone. i read it all aloud! Not prose, not verse, but speech.

'lyricism of its despair' 'shortening of circumstance' 'nihilism'

allegory of earthly existence, or of the writing process, description of a Purgatio-like afterlike, investigation into the nature of God

translation: the specific changes simply allow the rhythm to be naturalised within the new environment of English.
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