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Radical Sensibility in 'The End'

Smith, Russell


This paper offers a historically contextualized reading of what is perhaps the most explicit engagement with radical politics in Beckett's work, the encounter in The End (1946), Beckett's first piece of postwar fiction, between the narrator, a homeless beggar, and a Marxist orator who abuses him as a ‘leftover’ and denounces the charity of the passers-by as a ‘crime’. With reference to Beckett's later rejection of existentialist interpretations of his work with the words ‘I'm no intellectual....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Beckett Studies
DOI: 10.3366/jobs.2017.0188


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