|James Joyce Literary Print by Obvious State|
One of the seminal works of modernist literature, Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin on a single, ordinary day (June 16), and has many structural links and parallels to that other Ulysses' journey in Homer's Odyssey. Joyce's stream of consciousness narrative and lexicon of 30,000 words has created controversy and scrutiny, including obscenity trials and outright violence amongst its many fans. The world's most dangerous book? Perhaps. Recently, Bailey's Prize winner Eimear McBride cited the novel as a singular life-changing influence on her book A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, further evidence of the power of a single work of fiction to move, inspire, and agitate.
For me, I think I will celebrate with some quiet reading, a gorgonzola cheese sandwich, a pint of Guinness and this lovely art print by the geniuses at Obvious State. Happy times.