'Ulysses 100 - In Conversation with John Banville'
We were delighted to co-host this online event with the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
The replay is available HERE
As the world celebrates its centenary, award-winning author John Banville gives some insight to Ulysses, the masterpiece of modernism, which eludes so many. The award-winning author speaks with two institutions in Monaco and Dublin, Paula Farquharson, Director of the Princess Grace Irish Library (PGIL) in Monaco and Darina Gallagher, Director of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
Although acknowledging the worth of scholars to “explicate its deep structure and hidden themes”, Banville has written “The time is right for the experts to give us back Ulysses, this book of wonders was written to be read, not studied.” In an article on the centenary of Bloomsday (1904) - Banville described it as “Dublin’s monster knees-up in honour of the 100th anniversary... an extravaganza of kitsch. No doubt Joyce would enjoy it all…Those who complain of the Joyce industry should reflect that Joyce himself should be considered the founder of the flourishing foundry, in which, indeed, he secured employment for many a labourer, willing or otherwise.”