'The chest into which I threw all my wild thoughts': the exuberant first novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author.
Beckett's first 'literary landmark' (St Petersburg Times) is a wonderfully savoury introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning author. Written in 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was struggling to make ends meet, the novel offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. When submitted to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous or too risky; it was only published posthumously in 1992. As the story begins, Belacqua - a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and the little Alba - 'wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final "relapse into Dublin"' (New Yorker). Youthfully exuberant and Joycean in tone, Dream is a work of extraordinary virtuosity.
Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. As a playwright and novelist in both French and English, he redefined the possibilities of prose fiction and writing for the theatre. He won the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. Beckett died in Paris in 1989.
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