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Samuel Beckett's German Diaries 1936-1937 (Historicizing Modernism) Hardcover – June 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1441152589 ISBN-10: 144115258X Edition: 1st
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"This is the book we had been waiting for, as it dispels the myths surrounding Beckett's German Diaries. With extreme attention to detail, with unrivalled care for context and with penetrating judgment, Mark Nixon gives us a rationale for Beckett's apparently absurd tour of Nazi Germany. Nixon explains why the talking cure of psychoanalysis in London had to be replaced by a Romantic walking cure that passed through the ruins of a culture threatened with extinction. The doomed and melancholy Winterreise was to provide a foundation for the subsequent work and pave the way for a postwar aesthetic of loss and survival." (Jean-Michel Rabaté, Vartan Gregorian Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, USA)

"The six months that Samuel Beckett spent in Germany in 1936—7 were a critical period in his intellectual, creative and emotional development. The diaries that he kept during this trip not only offer unique and invaluable insight into his views on the many works of art that he saw as he travelled through the country, but, as Mark Nixon reveals in this outstanding work of literary scholarship, also gesture towards a new kind of writing that would find its full realization only after the Second World War. The importance of Nixon's study lies, however, not only in its detailed analysis of the diaries themselves, but also in its reflections on Beckett's sustained engagement with German literature, culture and politics more generally. For anyone interested in one of the twentieth century's most important writers, Nixon's book is essential reading." (Shane Weller, Professor of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent, UK)

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"This is the book we had been waiting for, as it dispels the myths surrounding Beckett’s German Diaries. With extreme attention to detail, with unrivalled care for context and with penetrating judgment, Mark Nixon gives us a rationale for Beckett’s apparently absurd tour of Nazi Germany. Nixon explains why the talking cure of psychoanalysis in London had to be replaced by a Romantic walking cure that passed through the ruins of a culture threatened with extinction. The doomed and melancholy Winterreise was to provide a foundation for the subsequent work and pave the way for a postwar aesthetic of loss and survival." (Sanford Lakoff)

"The six months that Samuel Beckett spent in Germany in 1936–7 were a critical period in his intellectual, creative and emotional development. The diaries that he kept during this trip not only offer unique and invaluable insight into his views on the many works of art that he saw as he travelled through the country, but, as Mark Nixon reveals in this outstanding work of literary scholarship, also gesture towards a new kind of writing that would find its full realization only after the Second World War. The importance of Nixon’s study lies, however, not only in its detailed analysis of the diaries themselves, but also in its reflections on Beckett’s sustained engagement with German literature, culture and politics more generally. For anyone interested in one of the twentieth century’s most important writers, Nixon’s book is essential reading." (Sanford Lakoff)

Named as 'Book of the Week'
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Mark Nixon is Lecturer in English at the University of Reading, UK, where he is also the Director of the Beckett International Foundation.
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Product Details

  • Series: Historicizing Modernism
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144115258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441152589
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,547,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JH Acheson on December 25, 2013
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A very important scholarly work for anyone seriously interested in Samuel Beckett. Nixon is an excellent academic, and in addition to commenting on Beckett's German Diaries, is currently working on an edition of them for publication.
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