Some say it’s unreadable, others insist it’s the greatest novel ever written. Since it’s publication in 1922, readers all over the world have fallen for the book’s hero, Leopold Bloom, and been confused by the frustrated thoughts of the young intellectual poet, Stephen Dedalus.
The book is of course Ulysses by James Joyce, set on 16th June 1904 in Dublin. So, next Saturday is Bloomsday, a celebration of the novel and the writer, who left Dublin to live in Paris, Zurich and then Trieste.
There’ll be readings, performances and concerts around the city, and even Joyce’s own guitar has been restored for the occasion.
The Irish Times has listed a few of the events, but if you just head into the city centre on Saturday, you’re bound to find something Joyce-related. Just look out for clothes and hats from a hundred years ago.