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Jim Murdoch:


Like George Orwell before him, Samuel Beckett had a strong aversion to being filmed or even having his voice recorded...

You might imagine that Beckett's reluctance to be interviewed came as a result of the overnight fame he achieved after Waiting for Godot but this is not the case. It is a little known fact that an abridged version of the play was first broadcast on French radio. Beckett had the opportunity to say a few words before the play went out but preferred to send a polite note that Roger Blin read out on his behalf. I find it amusing that the opening words of that statement were: "I do not know who Godot is," something he continually had to restate for the rest of his life (more...)

Readers Comments

  1. Someone or two might be interested in another Irishman, a James Joyce, reading from Finnegans Wake below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtOQi7xspRc&feature=related

    A surprisingly mellow, rural, ornery voice. Very different from the more Dublin, urbane one one might have imagined.

  2. There's now a second longer clip of Beckett speaking on my site if you're interested: http://jim-murdoch.blogspot.com/2009/11/beckett-tinkerer-part-two.html

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