Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Beginnings in Beckett

So often, Beckett is not someone who begins but instead somone who 'goes on', continues. There is a sense in which his works start 'in the middle', as if intercepting an always prior voice. "I Open" (Cascando)doesn't necessarily mean "I begin", but rather "I disclose..," i unstopper the voice. We have the sense of opening a portal behind which a voice was murmuring, or we remove the bin lid and the age-old speaking head pops up. But the Beginning, the decisive enunciation whereby an "I" rises up to speak, discloses itself, places itself at the origin of the sentence and of action... this seldom occurs.

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