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June 16 marks actual Memorial Day of talented writer created legendary work excites minds of modern intellectuals, this is Blooms Day and time to remember «Ulysses». On summer day with date, action takes place in aforementioned novel, where unusually short time period is described on many pages.

The History

Name of the holiday comes from name of main character of author James Joyce’s literary work. Writer changed literature world, demonstrated perfect original vision of writing. Famous novel became cult. Fans traditionally gather on appointed day, arrange performances based on scenes from novel and show creative skills.

Interesting Facts

June 16 is memorable one for James Joyce personally: he met girl who later became his legal spouse.

  • «Ulysses» is considered standard of modernism in literature.
  • «The Little Review» became first American regular publication to publish chapters from novel on pages.
  • «Ulysses» is metaphorically, metaphysically closely related to Homer’s «Odyssey», despite fact main characters express opposite desire: Leopold avoids returning to wife. Odysseus strives to get into arms of Penelope. She was faithfully awaiting his return from journey lasted 10 years.
  • In novel there is pronounced grotesque against background of description of everyday life.
  • «Ulysses» was banned for distribution for certain period because of sexually explicit scenes described in book. Joyce talked about intimate things in epistolary style in letters to wife also. Subsequently, messages were auctioned off for huge sum.

Joyce was stubborn man, continued to write with numerous refusals to publish. Distinctive feature of talent, literary critics call ability to describe simple primitive things in interesting, funny way, devoid of deep meaning, at superficial glance.

How to celebrate

Go to pub following example of Leonard Bloom. Take up reading Irish literature to get into specific flavor, get to know characters personifying prevailing national traits. Try on clothes in Bloom’s style, repeat city route. Unusual experience promises exciting discoveries.

When is Bloomsday celebrated in 2022?

Bloomsday is observed on June 16 each year.