The Philosophy of Samuel Beckett

    By John Calder

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    Increasingly Samuel Beckett’s writing is seen as the culmination of the great literature of the twentieth century – succeeding the work of Proust, Joyce and Kafka. Beckett is a writer whose relevance to his time and use of poetic imagery can be compared to Shakespeare’s in the late Renaissance. John…

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    The Garden of Eros

    By John Calder

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    The Garden of Eros brings to life some of last century’s leading cultural figures, who shaped our modern thinking and defined the tastes of an entire generation, changing for ever the way we look at literature and the world around us. Drawing from the accounts of two fellow publishers – Maurice Giro…

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    The Theology of Samuel Beckett

    By John Calder

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    Like all the greatest writers, Samuel Beckett was primarily interested in discovering the meaning and purpose of life and of the world into which we are born. Knowledgeable about the religion his family and education instilled in him, which as an adult he could neither accept nor reject, he used it…

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    Pursuit: The Memoirs of John Calder

    By John Calder

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    “Publish and be damned”, Wellington’s famous adage, runs like a leitmotiv through John Calder’s memoirs. He has been damned by a censorious press, by politicians, by other publishers and by organs of the state for publishing books on sensitive issues. Damned also for publishing such authors as Henry…

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    Being – Seeing – Feeling – Healing – Meaning

    By John Calder

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    This third volume of poems by a man who has been deeply involved in twentieth-century and classical literature since 1949 as publisher, editor, critic and translator – as well as in the theatre and performing arts – records his thoughts, memories and perceptions in a language that is frank, direct a…

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    Solo

    By John Calder

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    Because of its immediacy and spontaneity, poetry inevitably reflects the author more than any autobiography can do. John Calder’s new poetry collection, Solo, avoids strict poetic forms in favour of a casual and natural expression of thought. Honest in its pessimism, the tone is often questioning, a…

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    Changing Track

    By Michel Butor

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    On a train from Paris to Rome on his way to surprise his lover, the businessman Léon Delmont begins to mull over his past and question the decisions he has made about his future. These musings – together with his impressions of the unfolding scenery, conjectures about his fellow passengers and some…

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