Syria and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

BBC interview with Abu Mohammed suggests Beckett's play is a source of hope
Ian McKellen (Estragon) and Patrick Stewart (Vladimir) in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
Ian Pannell (BBC) talks to Abu Mohammed about how Samuel Beckett's 1953 play Waiting for Godot is offering hope at a time of great cultural and political instability (thanks to Johann Gregory and Samuel Beckett: Debts & Legacies for the link):
Abu Mohammed and I talked a bit about the authors whose works had filled the shelves of his library.

He moved through the ages from William Shakespeare to Jane Austin to Samuel Beckett, declaring that Beckett's Waiting for Godot was his favourite play.

He wanted my interpretation. What did I think the enigmatic absurdist drama really meant?

It is about two men waiting for someone who never arrives and so, feeling rather gloomy about what I had witnessed over the last few months, I waffled a bit about inaction and fate.

"What does it mean to you?" I asked.

Abu Mohammed smiled. "Hope," he said. "I believe Godot is hope."

Death and destruction had been wrought upon his hometown and we were standing in the ruins of what had been his beloved library, yet his faith was undiminished.

"You know, we are waiting for Godot," he laughed. [Read More]
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