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Adopting as theoretical framework Edmund Husserl’s ideas on memory and phantasms and the Derridean notion of ‘hauntology’, this article focuses on the spectral protagonist of Samuel Beckett’s “The Calmative” and on the tangle of memories he recounts from his bed of frozen stone. Resembling Dante’s pilgrimage in the underworld and the excruciating experience of soldiers in trenches, this novella presents a ghostly narrator that, persecuted by the rotting of his corpse and by the trauma of memory, is condemned to an indefinable state of deathlessness-in-death, in which he can only ‘revive’ the everlasting reminiscence of his own demise.

In: Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
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In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
In: „Geschichte zerfällt in Bilder, nicht in Geschichten“
In: Translator, Touretter: Avant-Garde Translation and the Touretter Sublime