Books: Molten Gloom

MALONE DIES (120 pp.)—Samuel Beck-e//_Grove Press ($1.25).

"The problem of the 19th century was the death of God," say France's existentialist intellectuals. "The problem of the aoth century is the death of man." Most of the writings of 50-year-old, Paris-dwelling Irish Expatriate Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot) are opaque obituaries of humanity. Written in a kind of Joycean code, they are further complicated by a neo-Cartesian quest for identity, the logic of which runs: "I cannot think and do not know, therefore I am—or am I?" In his play Waiting for Godot, this intellectual...

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