Mercier and Camier

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Mercier and Camier
Beckett Mercier French.jpg
1st edition (French)
Author Samuel Beckett
Original title 'Mercier et Camier'
Translator Samuel Beckett
Country France
Language French
Publisher Les Éditions de Minuit (French); Grove Press (English)
Publication date
Published in English

Mercier and Camier is a novel by Samuel Beckett, written in 1946[citation needed] (but only published in 1970) immediately before his celebrated 'trilogy' of Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable, Mercier et Camier was Beckett's first attempt at extended prose fiction in French. Beckett refused to publish it until 1970, in its original French, and an English translation in 1974 featured substantial alterations and deletions from the original text.

It features the 'pseudocouple' Mercier and his friend the private investigator Camier, and their repeated attempts to leave a city (a thinly disguised version of Dublin) only to abandon their journey and return. Frequent visits are paid to "Helen's Place", a bawdy house modelled on that of legendary Dublin madam Becky Cooper (much like Becky Cooper, Helen has a talking parrot). A much-changed Watt makes a cameo appearance, bringing his stick down on a pub table and yelling 'Fuck life!'.

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