How It Is

Samuel Beckett's harrowing novel in three parts


Samuel Beckett, translated from the French by the author. Dustwrapper by John Sewell


John Calder, London, 1964
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21 x13.5cm, 160pp.

How It Is is a novel in three parts, written in short paragraphs, which tell (abruptly, cajolingly, bleakly) of a narrator lying in the dark, in the mud, repeating his life as he hears it uttered—or remembered—by another voice. Told from within, from the dark, the story is tirelessly and intimately explicit about the feelings that pervade his world, but fragmentary and vague about all else therein or beyond.


Fair. The book is ex-library with all the usual discard marks but remains in strong readable condition. The dustwrapper is good to the front and spine but the rear panel is torn with a small area of loss along the bottom edge.



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