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Author: Samuel Beckett
Publisher: New York, Grove Press [1964]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The theme may be the struggle of form to emerge from formlessness using Leopardi's sense of the world as mud (E fango è il mondo) and therefore, a kind of purgatory, as well as Dante's image of souls gulping mud in the Stygian marsh of the Inferno (Canto VII, 109-126, in Palma's translation): "Set in the slime, they say: 'We were sullen, with no pleasure in the sweet, sun-gladdened air, carrying in our souls the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Experimental fiction
Psychological fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.
How it is.
New York, Grove Press [1964]
(OCoLC)691056252
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Beckett
OCLC Number: 339656
Description: 147 pages 21 cm.
Other Titles: Comment c'est.
Responsibility: Translated from the French by the author.

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"The theme may be the struggle of form to emerge from formlessness using Leopardi's sense of the world as mud (E fango è il mondo) and therefore, a kind of purgatory, as well as Dante's image of souls gulping mud in the Stygian marsh of the Inferno (Canto VII, 109-126, in Palma's translation): "Set in the slime, they say: 'We were sullen, with no pleasure in the sweet, sun-gladdened air, carrying in our souls the fumes of sloth. Now we are sullen in this black ooze' - where they hymn this in their throats with a gurgling sound because they cannot form the words down there." Dante's Belacqua and his foetal position also are referenced in How It Is and the following quotation is an example of the work's unpunctuated, dense, and poetic style: "the knees drawn up the back bent in a hoop the tiny head near the knees curled round the sack Belacqua fallen over on his side tired of waiting forgotten of the hearts where grace abides asleep."--Wikipedia.

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