He Who Waits

Beckett croppedFive people, a fake tree, and some old boots. It’s certainly not an expensive production to put on. Nor complex: Two guys stand around waiting for someone, two other guys show up, leave, come back again, so does another. It has a beginning, middle and end only in the sense that it starts, goes on for a while and stops.

Samuel Beckett’s En Attendant Godot—known more widely by it’s English title, Waiting for Godot—broke new ground when it was first performed in 1953 at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris. Bare even by minimalist standards, it’s enigmatic nature makes it possible to find all kinds of meaning in it, and people do.  Read more of this post

To err is human

In 1963, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), published a short story in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World), called ‘An Incident at Krechetovka Station.’ It was translated into English the same year and published in book form (along with another short story, ‘Matryona’s Place’), under the title ‘We Never Make Mistakes.’ Read more of this post

Cogito ergo sum

Josef K. was executed one day short of his thirty-first birthday. He never knew why. He was charged (though he knew not with what), tried and convicted, all within the space of one year, then unceremoniously stabbed to death.

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