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Transformations of Beckett: the case of Athol Fugard

W. Huber
Literator | Vol 10, No 3 | a835 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v10i3.835 | © 1989 W. Huber | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1989 | Published: 07 May 1989

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W. Huber, University of Paderborn, West Germany, Germany

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The author attempts in various ways to account for the similarities between Fugard and Beckett. He points out a certain biographical linkage, and goes on to discuss and evaluate the more direct influences of Beckett on Fugard. The existentialist link is noted and the influence of other writers on Fugard pointed out as a balancing force. Three Beckettian motifs in Fugard’s work emerge: the nexus motif, the motif of coming to terms with one’s past, and the play or game model. Despite parallels and similarities, however, considerable differences appear when conceptual and ideological values are analysed. There is a dialectic between universalism and regionalism. The conclusion is that Fugard displays a quality of courageous pessimism more akin to Camus than Beckett.

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