Giacomo Joyce

Giacomo Joyce is a short story written by James Joyce about the frustrated desire of a teacher - James Joyce himself - for one of his female students. The writing is a compilation of fragments of proze and poetry in which the influences of the East on Trieste's setting and the erotic desire for the female protagonist are omnipresent. A wonderfully rich style both obscures the meaning of the text as well as opens it up for wide interpretation. Great writing, but a little enigmatic.

Inspired by the musicality and cultural and biographical references in the text I made sixteen illustrations. This website is primarily designed to show these drawings.

The illustrations reflect my personal interpretation of the text. They are not the result of extensive scholarly study. I hope you will appreciate them as such.

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© text: The estate of James Joyce
© drawings: Gijs van der Lelij