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By Thomas Cousineau

ISBN-10: 0874136628

ISBN-13: 9780874136623

This learn explores the dialectic of destruction and renewal within the paintings that Samuel Beckett considered as his masterpiece: the trilogy of novels he wrote after international struggle II. It translates the trilogy as featuring a subversive critique of the 3 idols -- mom, father, and self -- to which humanity has sought for defense and tips all through history.

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But we abruptly learn, too, that the narrator cannot read Arabic, for he hires a lad who, for very little cash, translates the whole of the new manuscript. Arab street urchins, it seems, can in such an atmosphere become authors overnight. The whole business of bookmaking and authorship is wonderfully called into question by such satiric strokes. 20 Lawrence Sterne is squarely in this tradition: the inordinately sensitive Yorick uncovers "The Fragment" of a tale on waste paper used to overlay a print of butter.

Throughout their entire history, they are haunted by the attractions and fears of incest. The original Buendias (married cousins) had migrated to and founded Macondo in an attempt to escape the curse of incest: an offspring that would manifest a little pig's tail. At the novel's close, before the town is demolished by storm and flood, an aunt and her nephew, violating this taboo, do indeed manage to beget a little pig-tailed son-as if this were the fated and desired completion of an entire family's fantastic quest.

19 An additional masterpiece of grotesque satire is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), which treats the panorama of eight generations of the Buendia family, from the founding of the remote village of Macondo in the Colombian jungle until the town's destruction by hurricane. The Buendias have a penchant for obsessive and singular behavior: they lust violently, inaugurate senseless civil war, crave magic and secret rituals, and retire frequently in dread silence or madness, inchoate in the face of destiny.

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