James Joyce Is Big In China

Happy Bloomsday! Fun fact about the author of “Ulysses“: he’s become mad popular in China. When Joyce’s novel was first published in Paris in 1922, the author responded with delight to news that an order had been placed from China: “Ten copies to Peking!” he exclaimed. “Ulysses,” even more than “Finnegans Wake,” is alive in China today. Two Joyce-themed stage productions have recently toured major Chinese cities; one of them is pictured above.

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