“Nothing Is Left To Tell”: Beckettian Despair and Hope in the Arab World – Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui – article

“Nothing Is Left To Tell”: Beckettian Despair and Hope in the Arab World

Hania A.M. Nashef | Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui

2019-11-01

In the Arab world, Beckett’s plays or their adaptations have not only been popular with audiences and directors but have also inspired other literary and media genres. The Beckettian wait itself has become synonymous with the condition of the Arab person. It is a wait that offers an unrealized potential of hope that reverberates with the diminishing prospects of the Beckettian protagonist. In this paper, I discuss how in times of war, migrations, and despair, performances of Beckett’s plays abound.

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