In Order To Breathe

Wittgenstein Jr 300dpi

‘Black humour becomes abyssal. But it allows, nevertheless, something which pulls us back from the abyss: the fact that such humour is shared. Black humour involves communicating with others, speaking and laughing with others. In the end, black humour cannot laugh away the act of communication on which it depends. Perhaps, for this reason, human existence is not absurd…

Hope is implicit in the very act of communication, even if the person with whom you attempt to communicate is yourself. Such hope can be found in Beckett’s work: Hamm and Clov play their endgame. Krapp listens to his younger self. Even the narrator of The Unnameable is writing for someone. Beckett’s works are rooted in a desire to communicate, an obligation to express, the origins of which he never explains, and never has to explain, since it is the condition of the artistic impulse.’

An interview with the author and philosopher Lars Iyer.

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