How difficult are En Attendant Godot and L'Etranger for someone learning French?
What other works should I pick up?
Easy enough, the difficulty mainly resides in the meaning of the play. As a native, I would recommend it to someone like you that's learning.
Same goes for L'Etranger, it is a very simple work when it comes to prose, and you should have no problem understanding it if you have a decent level, except maybe the very last part.
Do not forget that both of these works are infamously easy to misinterpret
read more works by the authors of both works imo
foucault said that it's hard to understand a precise work or piece of philosophy, but if you study more by the author, you'll eventually have a panoramic view of it that will complete itself like a puzzle
the stranger is a magical work. if you have never experienced the absurdity of an existential crisis you will think it's shit, and if you have you will think it's a masterpiece that resonates with you entirel, for example
don't bother too much about the intended meaning too, in general I mean. for the stranger sure, cause the purpose of the book is to express a very complex "feeling about the world" to borrow nietzsche or carnap's word, but in general valery said that a text is a tool, that anybody can use however he likes
these are my modest advices
I've read both in English and have read quite a bit of Beckett's other works so I wouldn't really be reading them to draw out the meaning so much as to appreciate the language and work on my own development.
He said it helped him to write "without style" since he wasn't a native French speaker. Shitpost above was blatant trolling on multiple levels. ("If I'd meant God I'd have said God."
Beckett had an ambivalent relationship with Ireland. He wasn't a nationalist, as Dublin protestant his heritage lay firmly in Unionism and after independence he felt Ireland was now colder for people such as himself, which is why he never returned. However he was a massive supporter of Irish sports teams and still associated and promted the Irish literary scene. He was part of the Irish expat community in Paris and John Montague (A Nationalist poet friend) said that at times he would be exude proud cultural nationalism of Ireland