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Malone muore by Samuel Beckett

Malone muore (original 1951; edition 2011)

by Samuel Beckett

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Title:Malone muore
Authors:Samuel Beckett
Info:Einaudi (2011), Perfect Paperback
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Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett (1951)



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An example of Beckett's humor is the friend (?) Jackson trying to teach his parrot to say "nihil in intellectu nisi prius in sensu (Latin for "nothing in the intellect unless first in the senses"). ( )
  nog | May 15, 2017 |
Still gathering my thoughts! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 22, 2017 |
The second part of the trilogy feels if anything even bleaker than the first. Malone is in bed awaiting death, with an exercise book and a stub of pencil to record his thoughts, but no clear idea of where he is beyond the room he can see, or of how he got there. At first there's someone who brings him food and takes away his filled chamber pots, but at a certain point even that stops and he's left alone with his reflections, which alternate between his descriptions of his current state and episodes from a story (perhaps several stories) he is telling us about a character confined in what seems to be some kind of asylum. Unpleasant, disturbing, but strangely gripping. And even occasionally very funny. ( )
1 vote thorold | Dec 31, 2016 |
I'm clearly missing something since this is considered to be a masterpiece. Very tedious in my experience. Malone is dying. He muses about a variety of random things, memory, human nature, aging, loneliness. The whole book is told as if it were an inner monologue.

Very well written. No one can claim that he wasn't an extremely skilled and intelligent writer but I disliked the experience reading this book. ( )
1 vote JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |

Yes, there is no good pretending, it is hard to leave everything. The horror-worn eyes linger abject on all they have beseeched so long, in a last prayer, the true prayer at last, the one that asks for nothing. And it is then a little breath of fulfilment revives the dead longings and a murmur is born in the silent world, reproaching you affectionately with having despaired too late. The last word in the way of viaticum. Let us try it another way. The pure plateau.


And he clung closer and closer to the wall, but not too close, for it was guarded, seeking a way out into the desolation of having nobody and nothing, the wilds of the hunted, the scant bread and the scant shelter and the black joy of the solitary way, in helplessness and will-lessness, through all the beauty, the knowing and the loving.

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1 vote S.D. | Apr 5, 2014 |
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I shall soon be quite dead at last in spite of all.
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L'essenziale è alimentarsi ed eliminare, se si vuol resistere. Vaso, gamella, ecco i poli.
… mi rovinerò l'agonia per viverla meglio …
Mentre dentro di me andava su e giù la grande belva della serietà, infuriando, ruggendo, dilaniandomi.
E per giorni e giorni non parlava d'altro che del porco che aveva spedito, direi all'altro mondo se non sapessi che i porci hanno soltanto questo …
… e che lasciavano dietro di sé, ciascuna al posto di sé, quella cosa preziosa che è l'assenza.
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This is the second in the famous trilogy of novels written by Samuel Beckett in the late 1940s. An old man is dying in a room. His bowl of soup comes, his pots are emptied. He waits to die. And while he waits, he constructs stories, mainly to pass the time. Saposcat, the Lambert family, Macmann and his nurse Moll. Other figures weave in and out of his vision and his imagination. This remarkable soliloquy, so intrinsically Beckettian, is as important as Waiting for Godot or Endgame, the famous plays that made his name. Sean Barrett gives a masterly performance.… (more)

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