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By Thomas Cousineau

This research 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 offering a subversive critique of the 3 idols -- mom, father, and self -- to which humanity has hunted for safeguard and counsel all through history.


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In much of the secondary literature, Rilke’s sexuality is not mentioned at all. ’’24 The portrait of Rilke as a sublimated genius who suffers at having a body at all perseveres as myth. 27 The belated publication of this letter, once suppressed, and then known only in a copy, has not productively revised our understanding of Rilke. In more recent biographies Rilke continues to be portrayed as a sublime, angelic being of pure inspiration, who either has no body or—what amounts to the same thing—suffers terribly from having one.

I would like to know from now on that only the stars linger on me, they see everything at once from their distance, the whole, and so do not tie anything down, but rather release everything in everything . ’’31 He wants to ‘‘release everything in everything’’: The wish for complete consciousness, the underlying gesture of meditation, the complete disinhibition and relinquishing of the self for the sake of the self, is always in conflict with the knowledge and awareness that in consciousness and meditation the desire (as well as knowledge and even awareness) and the self are supposed to disappear.

18525$ $CH4 02-14-14 07:12:57 PS PAGE 38 d for destiny disrupted wide as a sky upon the faded forest. Everything pliantly makes room in the cry: the whole landscape seems to lie there soundlessly [. ]3 Im welken Walde ist ein Vogelruf, der sinnlos scheint in diesem welken Walde. Und dennoch ruht der runde Vogelruf in dieser Weile, die ihn schuf, breit wie ein Himmel auf dem welken Walde. Gera¨umig ra¨umt sich alles in den Schrei: Das ganze Land scheint lautlos drin zu liegen [. ]4 This birdcall, which no longer celebrates nature or attests to its beauty, has become senseless.

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