Set against the backdrop of a country struggling to define itself, 'The Dead' tells the tale of a Christmas gathering in Dublin at which Gabriel Conroy, nephew of the hostesses, must make a speech. A story in which little is explicitly endorsed, but much is suggested, love and loss intertwine in the concluding paragraphs as snow falls faintly over all of Ireland. Joyce’s masterful prose moves from the arresting purity of dialogue to the elegiac symbolism of Gabriel’s strangely consoling epiphany.
Written in 1907 in Trieste, Joyce’s “first great song of exile” has kept itself recommended to readers since its publication in 1914.
Featuring specially commissioned illustrations by William Bock, and a choice of four patterned paper wraps by Carta Varese of Italy. As with every Paravion edition, the first page is blank ‘for your correspondence’, and we've included a customised 'string and washer' envelope with mailing labels, making this an excellent seasonal token of correspondence.
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