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Head of Zeus
The Book About Everything
The Book About Everything edited by Declan Kiberd, edited by Enrico Terrinoni, edited by Catherine Wilsdon

To celebrate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, the most important literary work of the twentieth century, eighteen artists, writers and thinkers respond to an episode each of the great modernist text.

Each essayist is an expert in one of the subjects treated in the novel, but what brings them together is a common love of Ulysses.

Joseph O'Connor considers the music-saturated Sirens episode and Mario Vargas Llosa writes about the bigotry and violence of nationalism on display in Cyclops. Irish obstetrician Rhona Mahony responds to Oxen and the Sun, set in a maternity hospital, journalist Lara Marlowe examines the Aeolus episode, which takes place in a newspaper office, and Irish philosopher Richard Kearney reflects on the erudite musings of Stephen Dedalus as he walks along Sandymount strand.

The Book About Everything counters the perception of Ulysses as the sole preserve of academics and instead showcases readers' responses to the book. It is a vivid, even eccentric collection, filled with life and Joycean spirit.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Anthologies
16 Jun 2022 * 416pp * £20 * 9781801104388
Editor
Declan Kiberd
Declan Kiberd
Declan Kiberd is Ireland's greatest living critic, internationally celebrated for his work on literature and colonialism. He is the author of Inventing Ireland, Ulysses and Us and Irish Classics. He has won many literary prizes and is currently Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame in the USA.
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Editor
Enrico Terrinoni
Enrico Terrinoni
Enrico Terrinoni is Professor of English Literature, University of Perugia, the Italian translator of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, and President of the James Joyce Italian Foundation.
Editor
Catherine Wilsdon
Catherine Wilsdon
Catherine Wilsdon is Keough-Naughton Programme Manager and Lecturer in Irish Literature, University of Notre Dame.
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