Molloy by Samuel Beckett (translated from the original French by Samuel Beckett and Patrick Bowles)

02/21/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Molloy, first published in French in 1951, and in English (the translation was by Beckett himself) in 1955, is the stand-alone first novel in a trilogy widely regarded as Samuel Beckett’s most important nondramatic work and one of the most essential works of twentieth-century literature. It concerns two protagonists, Molloy and Moran, unknown to one another but closely conjoined, both of whom set out on an excursion into the countryside on a mission. Is the mission from God or an agency or some other supervisory author? The Irish author living in Paris invented two characters motivated by curious imperatives, an inevitable course, and a famously remarkable sense of perseverance. It is a darkly comic and often coarse novel, unique and stunning to this day for its accomplishments. Our discussion of Molloy will be led by poet and teacher Brian Blanchfield.

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