I am going through a bit of a Samuel Beckett phase right now and am loving Murphy. I came across this brilliant article from fellow Nobel winner J.M Coetzee on Sam's correspondence between 1929-1940 which was edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck of Cambridge University . It is a great read and I am going to order it in my local or college library. here is an excerpt from the excerpt..Enjoy!
It is only when the subject of Ireland comes up that Beckett now and again allows himself to vent a political opinion. Though McGreevy was an Irish nationalist and a devout Catholic, and Beckett an agnostic cosmopolite, the two rarely allowed politics or religion to come between them. But an essay by McGreevy on Jack Butler Yeats provokes Beckett to a fit of ire.Read the full piece in the link below.“For an essay of such brevity the political and social analyses are rather on the long side,” he writes.'
I received almost the impression…that your interest was passing from the man himself to the forces that formed him…. But perhaps that…is the fault of…my chronic inability to understand as member of any proposition a phrase like “the Irish people,” or to imagine that it ever gave a fart in its corduroys for any form of art whatsoever,…or that it was ever capable of any thought or act other than the rudimentary thoughts and acts belted into it by the priests and by the demagogues in service of the priests, or that it will ever care…that there