Ulysses: Mahler after Joyce
Author: Nicolas Mahler
Translated by Alexander Booth
9780857429933 | PB | pp. 288 | 2022 | Seagull Books
Ulysses: Mahler after Joyce by Nicolas Mahler is an inventive graphic interpretation of James Joyce’s innovative modern classic.
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Dublin, 16 June 1904: through a day in the life of the advertising agent Leopold Bloom and the sensations of the ordinary, James Joyce created a maximal book from a minimum of matter. Ulysses, the most important novel of modernity, is a defining book of the twentieth century. Joyce’s creation—also spectacularly innovative in form—inspired Nicolas Mahler to attempt a literary retelling that is not a mere illustration or adaption of the novel but an independent and equally as inventive work. Using comics, Mahler transforms the various literary techniques of the original. He assembles his images with humorous and philosophical verve, quoting and rambling along in the spirit of Joyce.
With this graphic interpretation of the modern classic, which also constitutes a homage to the golden era of the newspaper comic strip, Ulysses can be newly discovered in a delightfully unexpected form.
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About the Contributors
The author is a comic artist and illustrator based in Vienna, Italy.
The translator is also a writer and the recipient of a 2012 PEN Translation Fund grant for his translations of Lutz Seiler.
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