‘Waiting for Godot’ effect on German prisoners was electric and how Beckett regrets waiting

Samuel Beckett had a long association with prisoners but regrets not responding to those who reached out early on.

Later on, an American prisoner would become Beckett’s protege, but initially, the German prisoners got the meaning behind Samuel Beckett’s most famous play “Man wartet auf Godot” And they desperately wanted to talk with him. One even jumped parole.

The story btwn Beckett and the first prisoner is quite complicated. Above is a snippet in James Knowlson’s authorised biography of the Irish playwright.

Beckett was well acquainted with the concept of incarceration. This comes through in much of his work. In fact he lived across from La Sante prison in Paris and sometimes communicated with inmates using a mirror and semaphore.

Based on the story about the German prisoners and this story in his bio – suffice to say; I think Beckett wishes he hadn’t waited…

Published by baileyalexander

An American living in Piemonte. Sailed across the Atlantic aboard our 43 Nauticat in 2002 and spent over a decade living in Rome, Paris, Prague, Malta, Venice and Bucharest before settling in Piemonte, Italia.

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