Watt by Samuel Beckett

Written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other 'has its place in the series' - those masterpieces running from Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe. Watt tells the tale of Mr Knott's servant and his attempts to get to know his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum. Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor. The new Faber edition offers for the first time a corrected text based on a scholarly appraisal of the manuscripts and textual history.

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The 877th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  2. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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Watt Paperback 4180387 $12.21 $14.17 2007
Watt Paperback 4503667 $8.61 $7.33 2009
Watt Hardcover 6150098 $42.85
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Watt Kindle Edition 571760 $9.99 2009
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Watt (Double t. 48) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1157981 $11.99 2016
Watt (in French) (French Edition) Paperback 13154835 $42.75