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Dante and the Lobster

Samuel Beckett

Faber 90th Stories brings together some of our finest short stories, past, present and future.

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9780571354634
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03.01.2019
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Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

Well, thought Belacqua, it’s a quick death, God help us all.

It is not.

‘Dante and the Lobster’ is the first of the linked short stories in Samuel Beckett’s first book, More Pricks Than Kicks. Published in 1934, its style was recognisably indebted to that of his mentor, James Joyce, and crammed with linguistic texture and allusion that Beckett later shed. The book baffled many critics and sold so few copies that several batches were pulped.

Decades later, this story was hailed as the Nobel Prize-winner’s earliest important work.

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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906 and graduated from Trinity College. He settled in Paris in 1937, after travels in Germany and periods of residence in London and Dublin. He remained in France during the Second World War and was active in the French Resistance. From the spring of 1946 his plays, novels, short fiction, poetry and criticism…

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