James Joyce con Finnegans Wake (Oxford World's Classics)
'And low, stole o'er the stillness the heartbeats of sleep'
In Chapelizod, a suburb of Dublin, an innkeeper and his family are sleeping. Around them and their dreams there swirls a vortex of world history, of ambition and failure, desire and transgression, pride and shame, rivalry and conflict, gossip and mystery. This is a book that reinvents the novel and plays fantastic games with the language to tell the story of one man's fall and resurrection; in the intimate drama of Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker and his wife Anna Livia, the character of Ireland itself takes form. Joyce called time and the river and the mountains the real heroes of his book, and its organic structure and extraordinary musicality embody his vision. It is both an outrageous epic and a wildly inventive comedy that rewards its readers with never-ending layers of meaning.
In the introduction to this newly set edition, which faithfully maintains the original page layout, Finn Fordham guides the reader through the novel's complexity, and suggests a range of ways into the book.
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enhances the reader's textual awareness...The captivating, accessible and rich introduction by Finn Fordham enthuses first-time readers (James Joyce Broadsheet, Dirk Van Hulle)
The editors have provided a lucid introduction and a chapter-by-chapter outline which gives one at last a vague hold on what's going on, but it's not overburdened with notes, which frees one to stop worrying and just enjoy the surrealism and exuberance of Joyce's language. (Independent on Sunday)
From the Inside Flap
A daring work of experimental, Modernist genius, James Joyce's Finnegans Wake is one of the greatest literary achievements of the twentieth century, and the crowning glory of Joyce's life. The Penguin Modern Classics edition of includes an introduction by Seamus Deane 'riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs' Joyce's final work, Finnegan's Wake is his masterpiece of the night as Ulysses is of the day. Supreme linguistic virtuosity conjures up the dark underground worlds of sexuality and dream. Joyce undermines traditional storytelling and all official forms of English and confronts the different kinds of betrayal - cultural, political and sexual - that he saw at the heart of Irish history. Dazzlingly inventive, with passages of great lyrical beauty and humour, Finnegans Wake remains one of the most remarkable works of the twentieth century. James Joyce (1882-1941), the eldest of ten children, was born in Dublin, but exiled himself to Paris at twenty as a rebellion against his upbringing. He only returned to Ireland briefly from the continent but Dublin was at heart of his greatest works, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. He lived in poverty until the last ten years of his life and was plagued by near blindness and the grief of his daughter's mental illness. If you enjoyed Finnegans Wake, you might like Virginia Woolf's The Waves, also available in Penguin Classics. 'An extraordinary performance, a transcription into a miniaturized form of the whole western literary tradition' Seamus Deane
From the Back Cover
Published in 1939, 'Finnegans Wake' is Joyce's final masterpiece. Seventeen years in the writing, it represents the culmination of his experiments with literary form and language.
As 'Ulysses' charted the wanderings of Leopold Bloom over the course of twenty-four hours in Dublin, so 'Finnegans Wake' encapsulates the whole of mankind's history in the dreams of one man, H.C. Earwicker, during a single, restless night. At once baffling and revealing, rich with mythology and symbolism, 'Finnegans Wake' is a great rushing stream of consciousness, an unrepeatable performance of linguistic virtuosity that, more than any novel this century, stretches the boundaries of the imagination to the absolute limit.
“With enormous genius an erudition, Joyce has actually invented a new language in 'Finnegans Wake'.”
“In conception as well as in execution, 'Finnegans Wake' is one of the boldest books ever written. A great work of literature.”