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James Joyce

Portrait of a Dubliner—A Graphic Biography

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A dazzling, prize-winning graphic biography of one of the world's most revered writers.

Winner of Spain's National Comic Prize and published to acclaim in Ireland, here is an extraordinary graphic biography of James Joyce that offers a fresh take on his tumultuous life. With evocative anecdotes and hundreds of ink-wash drawings, Alfonso Zapico invites the reader to share Joyce's journey, from his earliest days in Dublin to his life with his great love, Nora Barnacle, and their children, and his struggles and triumphs as an artist.

Joyce experienced poverty, rejection, censorship, charges of blasphemy and obscenity, war, and crippling ill-health. A rebel and nonconformist in Dublin and a harsh critic of Irish society, he left Ireland in self-imposed exile with Nora, moving to Paris, Pola, Trieste, Rome, London, and finally Zurich. He overcame monumental challenges in creating and publishing Dubliners, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegan's Wake. Along the way, he encountered a colorful cast of characters, from the Irish nationalists Charles Parnell and Michael Collins to literary greats Yeats, Proust, Hemingway, and Beckett, and the likes of Carl Jung and Vladimir Lenin.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 15, 2016 – This lively, beautifully drawn portrait of the writer is among the best recent graphic novel biographies, and Zapico (La guerre du professor Bertenev, Cafe Budapest) won Spain's National Comics Prize when it was originally published in 2012. Zapico takes us from Joyce's early days as the eldest of 10 siblings, to the friendships and acquaintances of young adulthood, to the crafting of his masterworks. Uncompromising, stubborn, and a raging alcoholic whose addiction should have cost him his marriage and his sight (from chronic iritis), Joyce is presented in many roles, including father and intellectual, and not always in the most flattering light. The strong cartooning is what makes this work. Zapico's art teems with details of architecture, and the characters are looser but bursting with emotion both elements are indispensable to understanding Joyce's peripatetic life. The art not only establishes a sense of place, but shows how these places were unable to contain an indomitable spirit like Joyce: save for Dublin, which, of course, contains his soul. An early candidate for the "Best Of" lists for 2016.
James Joyce
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Graphic Novels
  • Published: May 03, 2016
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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