Book recommendation – “Dubliners” by James Joyce

Dubliners James JoyceIn “Dubliners” published in 1914, Joyce paints a literary portrait of an entire society.

The book comprises 15 short stories that glimpse into the lives of different sets of people in Dublin. The author is exploring what it measn to be Irish at a time in history when the Northern Ireland issue was coming to the fore and World War I was about to begin.

“Dubliners” is a subtle critique of the Irish capital, imbued with an underlying tone of tragedy. Through his various characters, Joyce displays the complicated relationships, hardships and mundane details of everyday life and the desire for escape.

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldy into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

“Dubliners” is currently on sale at the Librairie Française in Luxembourg  city-centre.

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