The Mookse and the Gripes is James Joyce’s peculiar and hilarious re-telling of Aesop’s ancient fable of ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, as presented in Finnegans Wake (1939). This book consists of over one hundred colour illustrations by Irish artist Thomas McNally that run alongside Joyce’s text. Each illustration is based on a line from the fable; taken together, they help to interpret and illuminate the work. Almost eighty years on from the original publication, this illustrated edition of Joyce’s fable offers to readers a comedic, much needed entry-point into Finnegans Wake, and to its appreciation.
Join us for a night of Joycean words and music to celebrate the launch of this wonderful new book, brought to life by special guest speakers. All washed down with some gorgonzola and Burgundy.