The title of the article alludes to Beckett's last words in Stirrings Still, in order to put the question of what differentiates and connects Beckett's and Echenoz's imaginations vis-à-vis the disappearance motif. Echenoz's novel, Je m'en vais, tests the character as such, in as much as sentimental wandering reveals the loss of a vital energy, uncertainty and lack of concern, ambivalence rather than the capacity to be metamorphosed. The main character, always evasive, in some way eludes melancholy, however not an obsessional fear of the void.
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