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Zero's neighbour by Hélène Cixous
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Zero's neighbour

by Hélène Cixous

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have ligted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That strut's and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, sc.v, II. 19-28

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0745644163, Paperback)

Zero's Neighbour is Hélène Cixous's tribute to the minimalist genius of the artist in exile who courted nothingness in his writing like nobody else: Samuel Beckett. In this unabashedly personal odyssey through a sizeable range of his novels, plays and poems, Cixous celebrates Beckett’s linguistic flair and the poignant, powerful thrust of his stylistic terseness, and passionately declares her love for his unrivalled expression of the meaningless ‘precious little’ of life, its unfathomable banality ending in chaos and death. Poised between a critical essay and a textual performance across two languages adapting Beckett's own literary vein, this book will appeal to scholars, critics and creative writers as well as students of the ‘grey self-Sam’. Its allusive intertextual insights will also prove to be of critical relevance to readers of Dante and Proust, among other literary figures, as much as to those appreciative of Cixous’s own inimitable genius for dissecting the quintessence of the life and works of a ‘neighbourly’ artist.

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'Zero's Neighbour' is a tribute to the work of Samuel Beckett. Poised between a critical essay and a textual performance across two languages, this book celebrates Beckett's linguistic flair in his novels, plays and poems.

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