- Samuel Beckett
- Molloy. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1951
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The Malone trilogy, like his other later works, were born out of Beckett's experiences of "uncertainty, disorientation, danger, deprivation, and exile. While visiting his mother in Foxrock he also had a 'revelation' which marked something of a turning point in how he approached his writing: ‘Molloy and the others came to me the day I became aware of my own folly. Only then did I begin to write the things I feel’ ... He recognized ... that he had to divorce himself from Joyce's stylistic influence. Now he realized that he had to follow a radically different path from Joyce, who believed that knowledge was a creative way of understanding and controlling the world. Beckett's ‘own way was in impoverishment, in lack of knowledge and in taking away, in subtracting rather than adding’ .... Light, knowledge, understanding, and success were replaced by darkness, impotence, ignorance, and failure..." (James Knowlson, Oxford DNB).