I think people take James Joyce way too seriously, almost as seriously as James Joyce took James Joyce. People either approach him with too much fear or too much respect, or a combination of the two, and completely miss the rhythms and textures of his work. As if their intellectual credibility is entirely predicated on whether or not they "get it". Which is why I love this straightforward biography. I've heard a lot of criticism for its simple language and comedic overtones, but I think the tone is perfect. Joyce may have been a genius, but he was kind of a ridiculous person. This meticulously researched biography episodically illustrates the ups and downs of his life, representing him as a literary genius but making no excuses for his many vices and tendencies towards egotism and self-aggrandizement. Not to mention that it is breathtakingly illustrated by Zapico, who captures Joyce's Dublin, as well as the other European cities Joyce visited and resided in on his lifelong artistic pilgrimage, to breathtaking effect. — From Salvatore's Picks
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.
About the Author
Alfonso Zapico, born in Blimea in Asturias, Spain, is a storyteller and freelance illustrator who has published several graphic works, including the novel Café Budapest, which won the Josep Toutain Prize at the 2010 Barcelona International Comic Fair. He spent months in Dublin and other of Joyce's home cities researching James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner, which won Spain's National Comic Prize in 2012. He lives in Angoulème, France.