By Samuel Beckett
« Le livre est là sur ma desk, avec sa couverture blanche et le bleu du titre : Compagnie, et j'ai presque peur de ce qu'il y a dedans. Peur et envie et besoin d'entendre de nouveau l. a. voix connue, jamais vraiment connue, autre chaque fois. "Il ne pourra pas aller plus loin.., une expérience limite... Au-delà, il n'y a plus que le silence...", and so forth. On entend dire ça depuis des années, depuis L'Innommable, mais los angeles voix de Beckett est toujours là et les livres se succèdent, empiétant sur le silence ou, mieux, intégrant toutes les qualités, toutes les formes du silence, se raréfiant pour mieux se trouver, avec des airs de tituber, de se perdre, mais soudain lacérant notre espace, et dans un souffle le mot juste est là, avec toutes ses arêtes comme un prisme noir de basalte.
Donc, ce nouveau livre de Beckett, là, fermé encore. Histoire de l'apprivoiser, je le laisse un temps se familiariser sur ma desk avec mon petit gâchis group of workers (un mot cher à Beckett, ça). Compagnie, dit le titre, et déjà on se doute que c'est le livre d'une solitude, de los angeles solitude. Oui, "seul", tel est bien le dernier mot, que je m'en vais cueillir aussitôt après avoir lu l. a. première word : "Une voix parvient à quelqu'un dans le noir. Imaginer." Entre les premiers mots et le dernier tout le livre respire. Le clou du monosyllabe ultimate troue l. a. web page. » (Geneviève Serreau, Le Nouvel Observateur, 1980)
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23 April 1876 . . your judgement of my novel is true, but not all of it—that is, it is all true, but what you have expressed does not express all that I meant. For instance, you speak of two kinds of people. I always feel that, and know it, but it is one of the true things that can be said. If I wanted to express in words all that I meant to 42 A Karenina Companion express by the novel, then I should have to write the same novel as I have written all over again. And if the short-sighted critics think that I wanted to describe only what I liked, how Oblonskii dines and what Karenina's shoulders are like, then they are mistaken.
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