Compact guide to the great modernist writer.
One of the most famous and influential novels of the 20th century, Joyce's Ulysses is often described as the most difficult novel in the English language. He ranks alongside such figures as Picasso, Schoenberg and Stravinsky as one of the great pioneers of modernism. But a myth of Joyce's difficulty has taken root, discouraging many readers. This is a great pity, because his writings are deeply human, enormously comic, and compelling reading. Although Joyce spent much of his life in self-imposed exile, all of his writings are obsessively and microscopically focused on Dublin's fair city. David Norris, Irish Senator, writer and Trinity College don, provides an introductory map to the labyrinth of Joyce's visionary Dublin. He takes us step by step from the early stories Dubliners, and A portrait of the artist as a young man, into the sprawling comic universe of Ulysses, and finally to the mythic dreamworld of Finnegans Wake.
David Norris is an Irish civil rights campaigner, scholar and politician. Carl Flint is an illustrator and storyboard artist who drew many of the scenes for Terminator: Salvation the video game.