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Beckett and his wife Suzanne were vacationing in Tunisia when word reached them that Beckett had been awarded the Nobel Prize, worth about $45,000 at that time. Because of severe flooding they had already had to change hotels, a move which caused the press to think that Beckett “was using a ruse to throw reporters off his trail” (The Times, 24 October 1969). The same paper reported the next day, through Jérôme Lindon, that both Beckett and Suzanne were “distressed” by the announcement and that “Mrs. Beckett had described it as a ‘catastrophe.’” Beckett and Suzanne stayed away from home for almost four months.