Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try Again.
Fail again. Fail better.
The genius who has trough his work extended beyond measurement the borders of drama, fiction and philosophy in so many ways, the man who so stubbornly insisted of digging trough the human mind, forever displaying the futile search for meaning in life, ones isolation, and the ongoing struggle between our desires and our language…Samuel Beckett.
It wouldn’t be pathetic at all, to say that his philosophical and theatrical signature has shocked the world from the very beginning of his work.
The man without compromise art wise, the Nobel Prize for Literature winner of 1969, Beckett, was born in Dublin in 1906 in a Protestant family, where he later studied French and Italian at Trinity College…
Trough out he years he had his “periods”…the Paris period, the London period, the period when he was roaming trough Germany, pre and after Second World War, before and after “Waiting for Godot”…never the less.. .biographers may make chapters of his life, but the essence of Becket unspoken words, of his stage silence speak out not just repeated theatrical cliché, but I would say his own book of revelation to the world of the theatre and art.
But we surely must mention Becket’s works trough out the time that has shaped his career and the world of theatre as we know it.
On 5 of January 1953, theatre play in the theatre Babilon in Paris, had unexpected but overwhelming success. The play gets passionate audience and bitter critics, it gives Beckett a world wide recognition as a master of work in theatre. It’s name- “Waiting for Godot”. There are various interpretations of this giant artwork, starting from Beckett’s philosophy and views, but this multilayered play in a very plain way describes the human nature in searching and fighting in the absurd constellation of desire, need, action and time in which people are trapped. This gigantic drama is and endless inspiration for actors, directors, and stage writers until this day.
Other works that had shaped the world of theatre, or the world of absurd, are, “Murphy” 1938, “Molloy” 1951, “Malone dies”1951, “The unnamable” 1953 , “Watt” 1953, “Endgame” 1957, “Krapp’s Last Tape 1958, “How it is” 1961 etc.
He wrote lyrics and novels to, groundbreaking in those forms to. He tried every time to oppose the main stream “positivistic” or “realistic” way of writing breaking the usual time, space, narrative and character rules… He worked following his philosophical standing ground right until his death, just before Christmas 1989…