‘International Joyce’ in Greece

The Cultural Division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Irish embassies around the world, including that in Greece, is celebrating the centenary of the year in which James Joyce’s seminal novel «Ulysses» is set (1904), with a globetrotting exhibition titled «International Joyce.» It will be on display in Athens from October 18 to November 1 at the English Faculty Library of the School of Philosophy, located at the Zografou campus of Athens University, before heading north to Thessaloniki for a November 12-22 show at the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. The exhibition showcases the life and times of the celebrated and influential Irish writer (1882-1941), emphasizing both the international impact of his work and the manner in which he stayed spiritually rooted to his native Dublin. The display comprises 22 posters on Joyce’s life, each representing a different aspect, with explanatory reading material. The visual material includes archival photographs of the author, his family and his contemporaries, along with first editions of his books and newspaper clippings, while the accompanying texts have been written by Michael Barsanti, associate director of the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia (which houses the handwritten manuscript of «Ulysses»).