By James Joyce
"I won't serve that during which I now not think, no matter if it name itself my domestic, my native land or my church: and that i will attempt to show myself in a few mode of lifestyles or artwork as freely as i will be able to and as absolutely as i will, utilizing for my defence the single palms I permit myself to take advantage of — silence, exile, and cunning."
James Joyce's supremely cutting edge fictional autobiography is usually, within the apt word of the biographer Richard Ellmann, not anything lower than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and occasionally terrifying Dublin upbringing of his modify ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his rising recognition, making use of language that levels from child check with hellfire sermon to a positive artist's manifesto. the result's a singular of massive boldness, eloquence, and effort, a piece that inaugurated a literary revolution and has develop into a version for the portrayal of the self in our time.
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1861 He and his brother Mikhail establish Vremia (Time); this year and the next the journal publishes Dostoevsky舗s The House of the Dead, a work based on his experiences in Siberia. 1862 Dostoevsky travels to England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, a trip that engenders in him an anti-European outlook. He gambles heavily at resorts abroad, losing money. 1863 Dostoevsky makes a second trip to Europe and arranges to meet Apollinaria Suslova in Paris; he had published a story by her in Vremia the previous year.
Is that seriously possible? I舗m not serious about it at all. It舗s just a fantasy to amuse myself; a plaything! 舡 The heat in the street was terrible: and the airlessness, the bustle, the plaster, the scaffolding, the bricks and the dust all around him, and that special Petersburg stench, so familiar to everyone who is unable to get out of town during the summer舒all worked painfully upon the young man舗s already overwrought nerves. The unbearable stench from the taverns, which are particularly numerous in that part of the town, and the drunken men whom he met continually, although it was a weekday, completed the revolting misery of the picture.
He was about thirty-five, short, stout, even corpulent, and clean shaven. He wore his hair cut short and had a large round head which was particularly prominent at the back. His soft, round, rather snub-nosed face was of a sickly yellowish color, but it also had a vigorous and rather ironical expression. It would have been good-natured, except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, sentimental light under almost white, blinking eyelashes. The expression of those eyes was strangely out of keeping with his somewhat womanish figure, and gave it something far more serious than could be guessed at first sight.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce