by Enoch Brater
"Both witty and approachable...There is a great deal of intelligent analysis here to enlighten anyone working on Beckett, and none if it is too abstruse."—The Stage
"Those who are still intimidated by Beckett's reputation should read Enoch Brater's witty, stimulating, brilliantly discursive reflections on his work. They'll end up finding both the writer and the critic far more entertaining than they dared suspect."—Benedict Nightingale
"An eloquent, witty and erudite collection of essays that illuminates Beckett's drama and prose fiction from a number of complementary perspectives. Brater's precise explication of the interwoven tropes of language and mise-en-scène is combined with a fine grasp of the overarching structure of work … to create a rich and suggestive series of reflections on Beckett's aesthetics."—Robert Gordon, Professor of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London
Beckett is acknowledged as one of the greatest playwrights and most innovative fiction writers of the twentieth century with an international appeal that bridges both general and more specialist readers. This collection of essays by renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a delightfully original, playful and intriguing series of approaches to Beckett's drama, fiction and poetry.
Beginning with a chapter entitled 'Things to Ponder While Waiting for Godot', each essay deftly illuminates aspects of Beckett's thinking and craft, making astute and often surprising discoveries along the way. In a series of beguiling discussions such as 'From Dada to Didi: Beckett and the Art of His Century', 'Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots' and 'The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage', Brater proves the perfect companion and commentator on Beckett's work, helping readers to approach it with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of the author's unique aesthetic.