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Watt (Paperback, Main)

By Beckett, Samuel

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Edited by C. J. Ackerley and written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other 'has its place in the series' - those masterpieces running from... Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe. Watt tells the tale of one who comes to serve Mr Knott, but must leave when his time is up, still knowing nothing of his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum. Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor. The new Faber edition offers for the first time a corrected text based on a scholarly appraisal of the manuscripts and textual history. So that what with one thing and another, and with Watt's not wishing this, and with Watt's not wanting that, it seemed that Watt, as he was then, could never get into Erskine's room, never never get into Erskine's room, as it was then, and that for Watt to get into Erskine's room, as they were then, Watt would have to be another man, or Erskine's room another room.
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ISBN 9780571244744
Released NZ 17 Aug 2009
Publisher Faber and Faber
Format Paperback, Main
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ISBN-13 9780571244744
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Released 17 Aug 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Beckett, Samuel
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 823.912
Weight 260g
Interest Age 0-0 years
Reading Age 0-0 years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade