June 2018
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The Mookse and The Gripes

By: James Joyce

‘Spiky, trippy, beautiful … Nice but nasty, funny and frightening, scary but sweet, all applied; a true goldmine.’ –Sam Coll on The Ondt and the Gracehoper

  • A follow-on from the well-received The Ondt and the Gracehoper (2014).
  • To be launched on Bloomsday 2018.
  • Acts as a fun, accessible introduction to the wider writings of James Joyce, especially Finnegans Wake.
  • Over 100 illustrations included.
  • The author is a scholar of Wittgenstein and Joyce.
  • Introduction by Fritz Senn

The Mookse and the Gripes is James Joyce’s peculiar and hilarious re-telling of Aesop’s ancient fable of ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, as presented in Finnegans Wake (1939). This book consists of over one hundred colour illustrations by Irish artist Thomas McNally that run alongside Joyce’s text. Each illustration is based on a line from the fable; taken together, they help to interpret and illuminate the work. Almost eighty years on from the original publication, this illustrated edition of Joyce’s fable offers to readers a comedic, much needed entry-point into Finnegans Wake, and to its appreciation.

Although Joyce’s novel is often described as one of the most impenetrable literary works ever written, there are great riches and humour beyond its difficult surface that everyone can enjoy. Reading through Joyce’s fable alongside the illustrations, readers will be offered an immediate introduction to Finnegans Wake and to its sense of the fantastical that is so intrinsic a feature of Joyce’s highly imaginative use of language.

The book also contains an essay by McNally and an introduction by Fritz Senn, providing further guidance to readers in their exploration of Joyce’s masterwork.