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David Z. Saltz  : 

Pinter (a dialogue)

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1A: Pinter.

2B: What?

3A: Pinter. Do you know him?

4B: Pinter?

5A: Yes.

6Pause

7 Do you?

8B: Know him?

9A: His work. Do you know his work? Are you… acquainted with his… literary output?

10B: Which one?

11A: What?

12B: Work. Which work?

13A: Any of it.

14B: There’s a lot of it, you know. Of work. A man like him generates a lot of… literary… work.

15A: Mmnn.

16B: A man of his… caliber.

17Pause

18 A great many works.

19A: I see.

20Pause

21 Then you do?

22B: What?

23A: Know him. Them. The works. The plays.

24Pause

25B: The plays?

26A: Yes.

27B: No.

28Pause

29 I don’t, actually. Know them.

30A: Ah.

31Silence

32B: Do you?

33A: What?

34B: Know them? Pinter’s… plays?

35Pause

36A: There aren’t that many, actually.

37B: Aren’t there?

38A: No. In point of fact, very few. For a writer of his… reputation. A startling lack of literary… fecundity, Pinter.

39B: Mmnn.

40A: Especially recently. The last twenty years or so. Quite productive before that. But recently a bit of a… falling off.

41Pause

42 A shame, really.

43B: Is it?

44A: Don’t you think?

45Pause

46 Eh?

47Pause

48 Ah, but then you wouldn’t know. Would you? You wouldn’t know anything about that. His dramatic fecundity. Or lack thereof. Since, as you’ve just admitted, with admirable candor, as you’ve just confessed, you don’t know him, or his work, his plays, at all. You know nothing about Pinter. So you’re hardly in a position to assess. Are you?

49Silence

50B: Quite influential.

51A: Oh?

52B: I hear.

53A: Ah.

54Slight pause

55 You hear that, do you?

56Pause

57B: Yes. Inspires quite a few… imitators. His work does. His style.

58Slight pause

59 That’s what they say, anyway.

60Pause

61 Not very good, most of them. His imitators. His literary proteges.

62Pause

63 I hear.

64Pause

65 Second rate hacks. Knocking off his style of writing… dialogue. Knocking off second rate parodies of his work. Awful stuff. Broadcasting it to the world. Quite pathetic, really.

66A: Oh?

67B: That’s what I hear, anyway.

68A: Ah.

69Long pause

70 I’ve always quite liked Mamet, actually.

71B: Mamet?

72A: David Mamet. Yes.

73Pause

74 And very… productive. Mamet. Impressive quantity of first rate… literary… output.

75B: But we’ve been discussing Pinter.

76A: What?

77B: Pinter.

78A: Pinter?

79B: Yes.

80Pause

81A: Not… Mamet?

82B: No. Pinter.

83A: Ah.

84Slight pause

85 My mistake.

Pour citer cet article

David Z. Saltz, « Pinter (a dialogue) », paru dans Cycnos, Volume 14 n°1, mis en ligne le 11 juin 2008, URL : http://revel.unice.fr/cycnos/index.html?id=1212.


Auteurs

David Z. Saltz

University of Georgia, U.S.A.