“Nothing is Left to Tell”

Beckettian Despair and Hope in the Arab World

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In the Arab world, Beckett’s plays or their adaptations have not only been popular with audiences and directors but have also inspired other literary and media genres. The Beckettian wait itself has become synonymous with the condition of the Arab person. It is a wait that offers an unrealized potential of hope that reverberates with the diminishing prospects of the Beckettian protagonist. In this paper, I discuss how in times of war, migrations, and despair, performances of Beckett’s plays abound.


Dans le monde arabe, les pièces de Beckett ou leurs adaptations ont non seulement rencontré un franc succès auprès du public et des réalisateurs, mais ont également inspiré d’ autres genres littéraires et médiatiques. L’ attente beckettienne est elle-même devenue synonyme de la condition de l’ individu arabe. C’ est une attente qui offre un potentiel d’ espoir non réalisé et qui se répercute sur les perspectives décroissantes du protagoniste beckettien. Dans cet article, j’ explique comment, en temps de guerre, de migrations et de désespoir, les représentations de Beckett abondent.

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