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Author: Michael Coffey
Publisher: New York : Foxrock Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A powerful, genre-defying meditation, with Beckett at its origin, that touches on mysteries as varied as literary celebrity, baseball, and why we feel the need to be cruel to one another. Following the schema of Samuel Beckett's unpublished "Long Observation of the Ray," of which only six manuscript pages exist, poet and critic Michael Coffey interleaves multiple narratives according to an arithmetic sequence laid  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Experimental fiction
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Coffey
ISBN: 9781944869595 194486959X
OCLC Number: 1019824749
Description: 206 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Michael Coffey.

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A powerful, genre-defying meditation, with Beckett at its origin, that touches on mysteries as varied as literary celebrity, baseball, and why we feel the need to be cruel to one another. Following the schema of Samuel Beckett's unpublished "Long Observation of the Ray," of which only six manuscript pages exist, poet and critic Michael Coffey interleaves multiple narratives according to an arithmetic sequence laid out by Beckett in his notes. This rhythm of themes and genres involving personal memoir, literary criticism, Beckett studies, contemporary political reportage and accounts of state-sponsored torture in appropriated texts, plus an Arabian Tale and even a baseball play-by-play produce a work at once sculptural, theatrical, mathematical and above all lyrical, a new form of narrative answering to a freshened rule set. In executing Beckett's most radical undertaking one scholar referred to "Long Observation of the Ray" as a "monument to extinction" Coffey gives readers access to an open field in which ruminations on writing mix with an engagement with Beckett scholarship as well as the unsettling chaos in today's world. Although Beckett, like any writer, had his share of abandoned works, he was in the habit of "unabandoning" on occasion. Coffey's effort here salvages a Beckett project from a half-century ago and brings it to the surface, with the contemporary markings of its hauling.

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