By Alan Bennett
This moment quantity of performs by way of Alan Bennett comprises his Kafka performs, one an hilarious comedy, the opposite a profound and looking drama. additionally incorporated is An Englishman out of the country and a question of Attribution. The fascination of those performs lies within the manner they query our permitted notions of treachery and, in several methods, make a sympathetic case for man Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
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Unlike Goldberg, Stanley senses that fulfilling a desire has nothing to do with acquiring a tangible object or sensation, but simply with the momentary suspension of desire itself. If that suspension can be prolonged, then fulfillment becomes an abiding state of mind. Members of a localized community such as that to which Goldberg and McCann belong fear such a suspension for it would undermine their very existence, which depends upon the need of individuals to find support and security in shared objects of desire.
McCann: That’s the Black and Tan fact. Goldberg: Who does he think he is? McCann: Who do you think you are? Stanley: You’re on the wrong horse. Goldberg: When did you come to this place? Stanley: Last year. Goldberg: Where did you come from? Stanley: Somewhere else. Goldberg: Why did you come here? Stanley: My feet hurt! Goldberg: Why did you stay? Stanley: I had a headache! . Goldberg: You don’t know. What’s happened to your memory, Webber? When did you last have a bath? Stanley: I have one every— Goldberg: Don’t lie.
As Bauman says, “desire does not desire satisfaction. To the contrary, desire desires desire” (1998: 83). The prospect of desire disappearing horrifies consumers like Goldberg and McCann. They sense that the loss of new sensations, in this case associated with seducing women and pressuring others into complying with the arbitrary rules of a localized community, would confine them even more within the boundaries of time and space, a prospect their limited, linguistic selves may long for, but which their extra-linguistic, transpersonal selves would naturally shun.
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