Finnegans Wake

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May draws to a close, and with it, the time for celebrating the 75th anniversary of Finnegans Wake.

Seventy-five years!

Finnegans Wake raises the most compelling question of Joyce’s oeuvre: “why did he do this?” It took the man seventeen years to write, he kept working through ever-worsening eyesight, and at the end he said: “I’m afraid no one’s going to read this.”

His brother, Stanislaus, said: “no one will”, and both brothers have been almost right.

What is the equivalent of Finnegans Wake in painting? In music?

It the silliest project ever undertaken by a great writer?

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