Among the best-represented authors in Samuel Beckett s library was Ludwig Wittgenstein, yet the philosopher s relevance to the Nobel laureate s work is scarcely acknowledged and seldom elucidated. "e;Beckett after Wittgenstein "e;is the first book to examine Beckett s formative encounters with, and profound affinities to, Wittgenstein s thought, style, and character.
While a number of influential critics, including the philosopher Alain Badiou, have discerned a transition in Beckett s work beginning in the late 1950s, Furlani is the first to identify and clarify how this change occurs in conjunction with the writer s sustained engagement with Wittgenstein s thought on, for example, language, cognition, subjectivity, alterity, temporality, belief, hermeneutics, logic, and perception. Drawing on a wealth of Beckett s archival materials, much of it unpublished, Furlani s study reveals the extent to which Wittgenstein fostered Beckett s views and emboldened his purposes."e;