Nohow On by Samuel Beckett Online

Nohow On
Title : Nohow On
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ISBN : 9780802134264
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 116

Now compiled in one volume, these three novels, which are among the most beautiful and disquieting of Samuel Beckett's later prose works, work together with the powerful resonance of his famous Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. In Company, a voice comes to "one on his back in the dark" and speaks to him. Ill Seen Ill Said focuses attention on an old womNow compiled in one volume, these three novels, which are among the most beautiful and disquieting of Samuel Beckett's later prose works, work together with the powerful resonance of his famous Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. In Company, a voice comes to "one on his back in the dark" and speaks to him. Ill Seen Ill Said focuses attention on an old woman in a cabin who is part of the objects, landscape, rhythms, and movements of an incomprehensible universe. And in Worstward Ho, Beckett explores a tentative, uncertain existence in a world devoid of rational meaning and purpose. Here is language pared down to its most expressive, confirming Beckett's position as one of the great writers of our time.


Nohow On Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Nohow on, Samuel BeckettNohow on is a collection of three prose pieces by Samuel Beckett, comprising Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, and Worstward Ho. It was first published in one volume in 1989.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه مارس سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: همچنان به هیچ وجه؛ نویسنده: ساموئل بکت؛ مترجم: وحید منوچهری واحد؛ تهران، جامی، 1394، در 80 ص؛ شابک: 9786001761126؛ موضوع: دا [...]

  • فرشاد

    بکت در این کتاب سعی دارد خواننده را متقاعد کند که اگر حالا بمیرد، از لحظه آتی بهتر است. او مخاطب را همچون جوجه تیغی تنهایی که در سرمای بیابان حرکت میکند، شکار می‌کند و آن را درون جعبه مقوایی در کمد دیواری تاریکی نهاده و با قادر مطلق خود تنها میگذارد تا هر دو به خزیدن در تاریکی م [...]

  • Ben Winch

    I'm rarely impressed by 'encyclopaedic' novels or 'maximalism'. The truth is I don't know if we have the luxury of them - or rather, we do, but for how long? The success of McCarthy's The Road convinces me that I'm not alone in this. What will happen if there's a nuclear war, if societies break down, if schools and computers and language don't function, except for the sake of the privileged, and the privileged are few? 'Fear the man of one book,' the saying goes, but what if one book is all you [...]

  • Khashayar Mohammadi

    It was my first time re-visiting a book less than a month after my first read; but the impeccable prose of this book not only inspired, but Haunted me day by day. I just HAD to go back and read the book once again. Beckett's complexity takes a rather different turn in his later work; the heavy, somewhat indecipherable and kinetic narrative of his earlier work is replaced instead by a heavy static. His work becomes more contemplative, more existentialist, more lonely even. The kinetic energy of h [...]

  • Mahdie

    هشدار :این کتاب روانتون رو زیر و رو میکنه و آرامشتون رو بر باد میده،با احتیاط خونده بشه

  • Martin

    The spare, mesmeric beauty of Samuel Beckett's late prose is simply shattering.

  • Joseph Schreiber

    Most of the Beckett I have read is long overdue for a reread. This one which I was ill-suited for on first encounter, now in mid-life, this may well be a favourite. I will have to revisit it again in a month or two. Whether or not Beckett wanted this to be seen as a trilogy, the pieces work well together with Worstward Ho simply a harsh, sharp and devastating finale—choked poetic wordplay at its best.

  • Maryam

    روشنایی می‌آمد و می‌رفت. می‌آید و می‌رود. همیشه و همیشه-در همه جا و همه مکان‌ها. انسان ها‌یی که سخت کار کردند، جنگیدند و رفتند. و آدم‌هایی که سخت کار می‌کنند، می جنگند و می روند  در همان جا و همین جا. در این و آن. بدون هیچ اثری. همیشه و همیشه. و چشم. چشمی که می‌تواند؟ چرا نمی‌ت [...]

  • Nathan

    Add a-----? Add? Never.That’s now two in a row, this one and Les Guérillères, two in a row of the taker=outer variety, the paring down, the smudging out and erasing, the foreshortening variety ; celebrating the 0 or O (better ; ‘o’) ; the minimalist, the micro, the anti-, the flash variety ; the reign of the white space and set=apart paragraphs ; the suspicion of language (that it is ‘inadequate’?) ; of the unsaid and unsaying, the leaving out, the knot=saying ; the variety of one=si [...]

  • Andrew

    I am stuck on Beckett. I can't get enough of the man. When I read this, though, it made me stop and think really seriously of Beckett himself and what actually he believed to be true about life (and the rest of us in his estimation). Nohow On is the logical conclusion of Beckett's worldview. Most shockingly, it is completely absent of humour. The old Beckett is here making a horrifying statement about the human condition. Language doesn't even work the same anymore. The stripped and bared words [...]

  • Art

    so, i didn't quite know where to start with beckett, and though i hear the major novel trilogy is worth all the time, i picked up this slimmer collection first. the second story, "ill seen ill said" is my favorite of the collection, but the contrasting starkness and richness of the other two is really dynamic and heartbreaking. not the easiest read for me, and i think i attribute that to the brevity of the sentences, the hinging on every word. these are really considered, etched stories that wre [...]

  • Dennis

    Did I understand any of it? Yes. No. Eh. Did I go on? On.Sometimes I wonder if it's Beckett's intention to make you feel like a worm, crawling in the dirt, talking to its own ass. You are burrowing through, making progress, doubting yourself, moving forward, not making any progress at all. I never know what to make of his prose, and often I finish his non-tales feeling a little depressed. But they get me thinking. And they are original. Ruthless. Is that the right word?

  • Lou Last

    Farewell to farewell. Then in that perfect dark foreknell darling sound pip for end begun. First last moment. Grant only enough remain to devour all. Moment by glutton moment. Sky earth the whole kit and boodle. Not another crumb of carrion left. Lick chops and basta. No. One moment more. One last. Grace to breathe that void. Know happiness.*

  • Michael Cross

    Words that claw, like he said . . .

  • Guttermutter

    Beckett's terse prose, incomplete sentences bitten off and cast adrift in a jumble, envelops you like wispy detritus trickling down from a dark cloud. This bundle compiles three poetic stories - 'Company', 'Ill Seen, Ill Said' and 'Worstward Ho', each offering a peek into a masterfully cratfted microcosm that's as suffocating as it is inhabited.The first one is an interrogation of poles - narrator and narrated, body and world, consciousness and nothingness - choreographed in the form of a foetal [...]

  • Kristopher Kelly

    Read? Somehow read. Seen? Say seen. Somehow seen. Say book. Say book where no book. Say hands. Say hands where no hands. Say hands where no hands hold book. Say book in hands. Say words in book. Say stare. Say stare. Say stare on. Be stared on. Say stars. Words. Stare at words. See words? Say see words. Say ill seen words with stare. Say stare on. Say stare on until no stare on. Ill stare on. Understand? Say understand. No. Not understand. The book? The stare? The hands? Say one. Now two. All th [...]

  • Dan

    In which Beckett pares down story, character, and language as much as they can take, and then keeps going. Challenging in the best sense. No one before or since has written anything like "Worstward Ho," and I keep returning to it, trying to understand how it works. So spare, and yet completely devastating."Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

  • Liz

    I know everyone is all about late Beckett these days and the prose found in these novellas is occasionally luminous but I just can't get into this "closed space" period. I did really like Company, but Ill Seen Ill Said didn't do much for me. worstward ho I have to keep thinking about. I might have to rate these separately.

  • John

    It reads like poetry with less cohesion, but I enjoyed reading it. I think I might get more out of it if I read it again.

  • Bob

    These three short works are part of what are called Beckett's "closed space" works. As with "The Unnamable" and "Malone Dies", the narrator is set in a featureless, barely described, indeed scarcely extant landscape, or confined to bed in a barren room. Even more radically than those two, where each almost disembodied consciousness delivers a torrent of words, there is an economy of means here that is more minimal - particularly in "Worstward Ho", where the author seems to have intentionally lim [...]

  • Alaa

    Before I decided to indulge myself in this book, I saw the ratings and read some reviews. The results and what most people thought of it were astonishing. Now I feel as if it's safer to give this book a good talk, otherwise, there has to be something wrong with the way I understood it. Honestly, despite the short pages, this is a difficult read. There is no plot. No fixed paragraphs and the words are scattered brilliantly. Perhaps that's the beauty of it; in its mystery; in the fact that only fe [...]

  • Trever Polak

    2.5.Company was intriguing,Ill Seen Ill Said was boring,Worstward Ho had some interesting quotable lines but wasn't a great read. The latter two were more like poetry than stories.

  • Jana

    My first Beckett. Each story gets more abstract. I read the last one while landing in turbulent weather, and it was the PERFECT read. My favourite quote: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  • Mark Bennett

    No narrative line, nothing predictable or expected, but you find yourself drawn in, connecting and in a weird way, touched and moved.Flourishes of mastery and word flow like no other.Not for everyone.

  • Leif

    For the nth time, watch the worst twist and dance and break.

  • Michael

    Re-reading. I love Beckett.

  • Derek

    Wanna say something difficultly but say something simply? Then read this book

  • Allyson

    a good Beckett-place to start? I'm a Beckett virgin. Sadly.

  • Rob Lloyd

    Company 5/5Ill Seen Ill Said 3/5Worstward Ho 3/5

  • and

    yup.