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Dublinés by Alfonso Zapico


by Alfonso Zapico

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This is a book about the life and influence of James Joyce. It is a comprehensive biography but full of little details that bring everything to life. The story is engaging and emotional. The drawing is remarkable and fluid, as is the editing. The locations appear realistic though there appears to be an occasional reliance on movie stills for some of the work and the female characters appear to look slightly more Mediterranean than Irish. The book is a good, fun read. ( )
  freelancer_frank | Jul 27, 2013 |
Let's see. This is a biography of James Joyce, done in graphic narration form (pictoliterature), with the purpose of offering the reader a straightforward, factual account of the Irish author's life. It is not interpretative in any way. Joyce's tortuous relationships with his family, friends, acquaintances, work and business dealings are treated in a black and white brilliant drawing style and clear narrative exposition. There's a subtle recognition of the humour behind Joyce's masterpieces of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The factual approach tends sometimes to be, perhaps, a bit harsh but, overall, once finished Zapico's work is satisfyingly complete and illuminating. His work has been justly honoured with the Spanish National Comic Award for 2012
  drasvola | Nov 7, 2012 |
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"A dazzling, prize-winning graphic biography of one of the world's most revered writers. Winner of Spain's National Comics 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, Trieste, Rome, London, and finally Zurich. He overcame monumental challenges in creating and publishing Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans 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."--… (more)

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