Samuel Beckett win the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature

Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil, his wife, when Beckett won the prize, said: "This is a catastrophe."

Beckett refused to attend the Nobel ceremony.
[ Side note: Brave move, isn't it? Personally, if I would be awarded Nobel prize, I would surely go to the ceremony. ]

The prize was given for his writing, which in new forms for the novel and drama in the de stitution of modern man acquires its elevation (quote).

"Mix a powerful imagination with a logic in absurdum, and the result will be either a paradox or an Irishman. If it is an Irishman, you will get the paradox into the bargain" said Karl Ragnar Gierow, of the Swedish Academy in presentation speech Later he added, inter alia: "a single award being addressed to one man, two languages and a third nation, itself divided". He was referring to those facts: Beckett was irish, but living in Paris, and writing in english in French. France uder German occupaton was divided to northern occupied part with with so vcalled "Vichy goverment", and southern unoccupied part.

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