The House of Ulysses
Translated by Nick Caistor
Julián Ríos's latest comic extravaganza is at once a serious literary excavation and a lecture as delivered by Groucho Marx on the subject of that great (and often imposing) cornerstone of world literature: James Joyce's Ulysses. Every book is born out of an earlier book (or books), and much as Joyce's novel unraveled Homer scene by scene, Ríos's The House of Ulysses returns the favor, giving us the story of several bickering characters hoping to get to the bottom of Joyce's masterpiece (by force, if necessary), their conversation walking the line between a slapstick parody of the Joyce industry and a legitimate "guide for the perplexed." Focusing on each of Ulysses' characters, ideas, and references in turn, The House of Ulysses provides a playful, punning, ideal companion for the experienced Joycean and cautious Ulysses-procrastinator alike: one novel dreaming its way through another.
Nb of pages 280 p.
Publication Date 09 November 2010
Nb of pages 280
List Price $14.95
Step inside and take a look, or perhaps he said a book, sweeping his magic wand in a semi-circle in front of him. Our Cicerone in rigorous black with a purple polka-dot bow tie, long-legged and pallid, white streaks in chestnut hair smoothed back with brilliantine, a blind man's glasses, a straggly moustache. Like an ice-skater or Fredasteric dancer he glided across the Museum's wide black-and-white checkerboard floor.
"Julián Ríos's texts are very important . . . they are an assimilation of the most radical traditions." -Octavio Paz
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Genres : Fiction : Europe
Genres : Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Theory
Countries : Spain