Ulysses is the most notorious novel of the 20th century. Banned in the USA for obscenity in 1920, it was finally printed in Paris in 1922 by an American woman who had never published a book before.
A hundred years since it first appeared Adam Low’s Arena: James Joyce’s Ulysses unlocks Joyce’s masterpiece in all its surprising, poetic, moving, verbose, sexually explicit and endlessly hilarious glory, from its earliest crossed out manuscript pages to the final iconic edition, bound in the blue of the Greek flag in honour of Homer’s The Odyssey. Notoriously difficult to read and written in a bewildering variety of styles it revolutionised the modern novel.
Arena: James Joyce’s Ulysses reveals all the tawdry, shocking, poetic, uplifting and gloriously kaleidoscopic humanity of this literary masterpiece.
With contributions from: Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Eimear McBride, Paul Muldoon, John McCourt, Nuala O’Connor and many others.
A DoubleBand/Lone Star Co-production for BBC Arts and BBC Northern Ireland and with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.