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    Henri Matisse Illustrates James Joyce’s Ulysses (1935)

    Henri Matisse Illustrates James Joyce’s Ulysses (1935)

    Last year, fans of modernist Irish literature and impressionist art saw a must-own volume go under the hammer at Bonhams. “In 1935 the French artist, Henri Matisse, was commissioned to illustrate…

    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges

    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges

    I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. The mirror troubled the depths of a corridor in a country house on Gaona Street…

    Paris exhibition to celebrate life and work of Oscar Wilde

    Paris exhibition to celebrate life and work of Oscar Wilde

    Manuscripts, photographs, paintings and personal items among the displays in honour of playwright who died in city. Paris will hold its first major exhibition on the life and work of…

    David Bowie: the man who loved books

    David Bowie: the man who loved books

    For a man who left Bromley Technical High School with just one ‘O’ level (in art), David Bowie ended up a remarkably well-read man. Bowie, who died aged 69 on…

    We Are All Smiley’s People

    We Are All Smiley’s People

    My wife, Susan, and I lost our minds. For more than two weeks at the beginning of February, we were locked in a ritual that became the center of our…

    Finnegans Wake – in pictures

    Finnegans Wake – in pictures

    A new illustrated edition of Finnegans Wake, as imagined by artist John Vernon Lord for the Folio Society, matches James Joyce’s extravagant word games with elaborately collaged pictures, shedding a…

    John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: they’ve totally changed my book – but it works

    John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: they’ve totally changed my book – but it works

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold provided me with my first experience of the film trade, and in retrospect it was an unusually benign baptism of fire. The…

    Is James Joyce’s Ulysses the hardest novel to finish?

    Is James Joyce’s Ulysses the hardest novel to finish?

    James Joyce died 75 years ago this week, leaving a lifetime of books beloved by many… and Ulysses, heralded as both the best novel in the English language and the…

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