jueves, noviembre 16, 2017


Abha an tSuláin

sábado, noviembre 11, 2017

John Cage: The Wonderful widow of eighteen springs (1942)

viernes, noviembre 10, 2017

Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake, experimental novel by James Joyce. Extracts of the work appeared as Work in Progress from 1928 to 1937, and it was published in its entirety as Finnegans Wake in 1939.

SUMMARY: The book is, in one sense, the story of a publican in Chapelizod (near Dublin), his wife, and their three children; but Mr. Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, Mrs. Anna Livia Plurabelle, and Kevin, Jerry, and Isabel also represent every family of humankind. The motive idea of the novel, inspired by the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, is that history is cyclic; to demonstrate this the book begins with the end of a sentence left unfinished on the last page. Languages merge: Anna Livia has "vlossyhair"-w?osy being Polish for "hair"; "a bad of wind" blows-b?d being Persian for "wind." Characters from literature and history appear and merge and disappear. On another level, the protagonists are the city of Dublin and the River Liffey, which stand as representatives of the history of Ireland and, by extension, of all human history.
As he had in his earlier work Ulysses, Joyce drew upon an encyclopaedic range of literary works. His strange polyglot idiom of puns and portmanteau words was intended to convey not only the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious but also the interweaving of Irish language and mythology with the languages and mythologies of many other cultures.
DETAIL: James Joyce’s last book is perhaps the most daunting work of fiction ever written. Yet it is also one of the funniest, bringing pleasure to generations of readers willing to suspend the usual assumptions that govern the novel. Instead of a single plotFinnegans Wake has a number of kernel stories, some of them occurring in hundreds of versions, from a word or two long to several pages. The most ubiquitous is a story of a fall that turns out not to be entirely negative, including the Fall of Man; an indiscretion in Phoenix Park, Dublin, involving an older man and two girls; and a tumble from a ladder by an Irish builder, Tim Finnegan.

In place of characters, the novel has figures who go by many different names, each figure consisting of a cluster of recognizable features. In place of settings, it merges place names from around the globe. Joyce achieves this condensation through the "portmanteau": the fusing together of two or more words in the same or different languages. Thus "kissmiss" is both the festive season and something that might happen during it, with a suggestion of fatefulness; the Holy Father becomes a "hoary frother"; and an old photo is a "fadograph."
Reading Finnegans Wake—best done aloud and if possible in a group—means allowing these suggestions to resonate, while accepting that many will remain obscure. The work’s seventeen sections have their own styles and subjects, tracing a slow movement through nightfall and dawn to a final unfinished sentence that returns us to the beginning of the book.




The pub features in Dubliners, and more centrally in Finnegans Wake, where the hero, Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, is described as its owner. A plaque erected by Dublin Tourism on its front wall reads: "Home of all characters and elements in James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake."


viernes, octubre 27, 2017

Richard Wagner: "Tristan und Isolde" (Trailer) | Wiener Staatsoper. Nosotros en Finnegans Wake. Sí, en Chapelizod.

lunes, octubre 09, 2017

"Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake" (1965) -- d. Mary Ellen Bute

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viernes, octubre 06, 2017


miércoles, octubre 04, 2017

James Joyce Read by Jim Norton Finnegans Wake Book One Chapter One (1)