There was something oddly Beckettian about Harold Pinter's Nobel lecture... It was Beckettian in that Pinter sat in a wheelchair, with a rug over his knees and framed by an image of his younger self, delivering his sombre message: memories of Hamm in Beckett's Endgame came to mind. But if Pinter's frailty was occasionally visible, there was nothing ailing about his passionate and astonishing speech, which mixed moral vigour with forensic detail.
Monday, December 12, 2005
You can now watch Harold Pinter's Nobel lecture in full, from the Nobel site. A strong argument for watching the video rather than just reading the text comes from Michael Billington in The Guardian.