James Joyce in Reverbstorm


A post for Bloomsday with a handful of the many and varied appearances of James Joyce in the forthcoming Reverbstorm book. Ulysses was published ninety years ago this year. Among the usual commemorations BBC Radio 4 will be dramatising the entire novel throughout the day.


But as before the lightning the serried stormclouds, heavy with preponderant excess of moisture, in swollen masses turgidly distended, compass earth and sky in one vast slumber, impending above parched field and drowsy oxen and blighted growth of shrub and verdure till in an instant a flash rives their centres and with the reverberation of the thunder the cloudburst pours its torrent, so and not otherwise was the transformation, violent and instantaneous, upon the utterance of the word.

James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)


Prison and place and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience

TS Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)






Previously on { feuilleton }
A Reverbstorm jukebox
Reverbstorm: Bauhaus Horror
Reverbstorm: an introduction and preview

3 thoughts on “James Joyce in Reverbstorm”

  1. The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.

    Joyce’s syllables are always rich and chewy.

    Happy Bloomsday 2012

    All Moanday, Tearday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, Shatterday.

  2. The book is still being printed and bound but I’m hoping we may see copies by late next week. The official release will probably be a date in July but anyone eager for a copy before then should be able to order direct from Savoy once they’ve arrived.

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