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2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birth. In 1970, Atik began jotting down notes on her relationship with Beckett

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birth  . In 1970, Atik began jotting down notes on her relationship with Beckett. After fifteen years of memorable conversations with Beckett, she writes, I realized that I could not depend on my memory. The unforgettable was becoming the irretrievable. The three could just as easily discuss their personal lives as ponder the state of art. This book documents not only Beckett’s passions, but is filled with drawings by Arikha, snapshots, and letters.

What astounds the reader is how prodigious Beckett's recall is; the copious amounts of wine .

What astounds the reader is how prodigious Beckett's recall is; the copious amounts of wine consumed by the man didn't seem to affect his great literary and artistic memories. From his lifetime of reading erudite texts, he can recite entire poems. This is a revealing, insightful portrayal of the great Irish writer, by a close friend of his, the poet Anne Atik, wife of the painter Avigdor Arikha, whose striking portraits of Beckett are reproduced here. The book is unique for its descriptions of, and insights into the springs of artistic creation, for the refined 'table talk' it lovingly and discretely recounts, for the details that only a friend could know and see so well - all told by a poet.

This book documents not only Beckett's passions, but is filled with drawings by Arikha, snapshots, and letters

This book documents not only Beckett's passions, but is filled with drawings by Arikha, snapshots, and letters. There are also drafts in Beckett's own handwriting that would eventually become part ofhis formidable canon, covering the breadth of his knowledge of literature by detailing his opinions and influences. An intimate collage,How It Was offers a unique insider's portrait and gives the reader a chance to sit down with one of the great literary masters of the twentieth century.

Anne Atik and her husband, the distinguished Israeli painter Avigdor Arika, were part of Samuel Beckett's circle in Paris from the 1950s until the latter's death in 1989. How It Was is a personal record of Beckett the man.

A memoir of Samuel Beckett.

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett's birth. As intimates and artists, they interacted with him several times a week for over four decades.

How it Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett. What is less well-known is Beckett’s gift for company and friendship, and this book is a testament to the many facets of his often enigmatic personality. From the publisher: Anne Atik and her husband, the distinguished Israeli painter Avigdor Arika, were part of Samuel Beckett’s circle in Paris from the 1950s until the latter’s death in 1989.

How It Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett by Anne Atik. Gontarski and Anthony Uhlmann.

Atik, Anne, How It Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett (London: Faber and Faber, 2001). Campbell, Julie, ‘ Echo’s Bones and Beckett’s Disembodied Voices’, in Samuel Beckett Today, Aujourd’hui 11: Samuel Beckett: Endlessness in the Year 2000/Fin sans Fin en l’an 2000, ed. Angela Moorjani and Carola Veit (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001), 454–60. Fernández, José Francisco, ‘ Echo’s Bones : Samuel Beckett’s Lost Story of Afterlife’, Journal of the Short Story in English 52 (Spring 2009), 115–24. Hunkeler, Thomas, Echos de l’ego dans l’oeuvre de Samuel Beckett (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1997).

How it was. a memoir of Samuel Beckett. Published 2001 by Faber and Faber in London.

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birth. To most, he was a brilliant artist who shied away from celebrity and photographers, but to the distinguished painter Avigdor Arikha and his wife, author Anne Atik, Beckett was the close friend with whom they shared countless drinks, meals, and rich conversations. As intimates and artists, they interacted with him several times a week for over four decades. In 1970, Atik began jotting down notes on her relationship with Beckett. “After fifteen years of memorable conversations with Beckett,” she writes, “I realized that I could not depend on my memory. The unforgettable was becoming the irretrievable.” The three could just as easily discuss their personal lives as ponder the state of art. This book documents not only Beckett’s passions, but is filled with drawings by Arikha, snapshots, and letters. There are also drafts in Beckett’s own handwriting that would eventually become part of his formidable canon, covering the breadth of his knowledge of literature by detailing his opinions and influences. An intimate collage, How It Was offers a unique insider’s portrait and gives the reader a chance to sit down with one of the great literary masters of the twentieth century.

Comments: (5)

Fast Lovebird
An intimate portrayal of a great and private man. Ms. Atik talks of the many dinner conversations they had, mostly between her husband Avigdor Arikha and Beckett. The conversations revolve mostly around art and literary topics, with the two reciting long poems from memory.

What astounds the reader is how prodigious Beckett's recall is; the copious amounts of wine consumed by the man didn't seem to affect his great literary and artistic memories. From his lifetime of reading erudite texts, he can recite entire poems. This is truly an amazing man.

Atik's text is interspersed with nine portraits of Beckett by Arikha, along with many letters and snippets of text in Beckett's longhand. Also there are some photos of Atik's family and scenes from a couple of the Beckett dramas.

This is a remarkable book, one that supplies an intimate side of Beckett that isn't found in the DAMNED TO FAME biography. Must reading for those taken with the life of this literary giant.

Parataxis

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Gavigamand
This memoir is what we hope for. Lots of new information, inside anecdotes, and pictures.

If you love Beckett you must have this book. I would've gone without meals to buy it, if necessary.

Also be sure to buy Why Beckett, by Enoch Brater. It is magical.
Dont_Wory
At this point, given the reviews, it is clear that Anne Atik has written a fine memoir. What I would like to comment on in particular is the role she herself plays as both writer and actor. She manages to be remarkably self-effacing, something not at all easy for a writer who was a close friend of a famous artist. There is no tone of bragging, there are no self-serving anecdotes, and there are minimal details about the memoirist herself. In fact, if anything, I found myself wanting to know a bit more about her. But her discretion is admirable.
Livina
This book ( How it was)

well,... it was amazing.

I am so glad I bought it.

I was in cafes with Beckett....

( no other book can do that)

I wondered for a long time whether I should buy it...

I'm glad I did..

What a wonderful book!

if you love Beckett
saafari
This is a revealing, insightful portrayal of the great Irish writer, by a close friend of his, the poet Anne Atik, wife of the painter Avigdor Arikha, whose striking portraits of Beckett are reproduced here. The book is unique for its descriptions of, and insights into the springs of artistic creation, for the refined 'table talk' it lovingly and discretely recounts, for the details that only a friend could know and see so well - all told by a poet. This is definitely a must for Beckett fans and lovers of literature.
How It Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Anne Atik
ISBN: 1593760876
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint; F First Edition edition (November 30, 2005)
Pages: 140 pages