Samuel Beckett: Stirrings Still (1433 words)


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 to be an …

Citation: Van Hulle, Dirk. "Stirrings Still". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2002 [, accessed 26 January 2021.]

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