This article was written on 07 Jan 2010, and is filed under Miscellania, Quotations.
Coetzee on Beckett
American Writers of the 1950′s
Samuel Beckett: Watt
Agamben v. Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s list of publishers who rejected Murphy, from the Samuel Beckett in Berlin exhibit in 2006:
Trying to get your novel published?
Was I so obvious?
I remember a bitter poem of his:
Less oxy than moron,
You’ve a mind like a whore on
The way to Begorrahn…
Well, what frequent visitor of your blog could help noticing that “the novel” is “done for now”? And the consolation Beckett’s list offers would seem especially relevant if indeed you’re currently on a publishing mission, though the consolation IS universal. Didn’t mean to insinuate anything! Best of luck. (I once had a professor whose tales of the vicissitudes and caprices of the industry were nearly enough to scare me off for good — it’s all about maintaining vitality, as you’re surely aware.)
I will have to remember, and use, the phrase “die Merde hat mich wieder [nieder?]” (bottom of the lower document). Ooh, I wonder if that will make it through the comment spam filter.
Maybe this one is even more consoling and encouraging— some of Robert Walser’s micrograms (the diminutive script he wrote the Robber novel in) were written over rejection letters from magazines and newspapers. Just make sure you don’t go insane, like Walser!
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