Samuel Beckett: Stirrings Still

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Stirrings Still is one of the last texts by “the last modernist”, as Samuel Beckett has been called. It was first published in 1988 in a limited edition that actually came out in 1989 and almost simultaneously in a newspaper edition (The Guardian, 3 March 1989). It was subsequently translated as Soubresauts by the author himself, and was followed only by Comment dire / What is the Word. The phrase “comment dire” is actually part of the earliest manuscripts for Stirrings Still, which has a long and complex genesis. After having finished Worstward Ho in English, Beckett tried but failed to translate it into French because its first words (“On. Say on.”) already proved …

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Van Hulle, Dirk. "Stirrings Still". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2002
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