12.4.10

Samuel Beckett, Ceiling

An extract from one of Beckett's later prose texts
White Ceiling ©2009 Adam Koenig

The opening of a short prose work by Samuel Beckett, bearing the dedication 'For Avigdor [Arikha], September 1981':
On coming to the first sight is of white. Some time after coming to the first sight is of dull white. For some time after coming to the eyes continue to. When in the end they open they are met by this dull white. Consciousness eyes to of having come to. When in the end they open they are met by this dull white. Dim consciousness eyes bidden to of having come partly to. When in the end bidden they open they are met by this dull white. Dim consciousness eyes unbidden to of having come partly to. When in the end unbidden they open they are met by this dull white. Further one cannot. [...]

Samuel Beckett, 'Ceiling'
in Company / Ill Seen Ill Said / Worstword Ho / Stirrings Still
Edited by Dirk Van Hulle
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