Abstract

After attending the premiere of En attendant Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone in January 1953, there was no doubt in Elmar Tophoven’s mind that this was a play he must translate and without delay. Willing to risk translating Beckett’s tragicomedy without first obtaining the rights, he deposited the completed German Godot on Jérôme Lindon’s desk three weeks later.