On the 16th of June 1904, James Joyce was taken in hand by the straight-talking chambermaid who was to become his utterly devoted wife. This episode is not about that chambermaid. It was written at an angle to the little universe brought to life each year on Bloom's Day, the day of Joyce's meeting, and the day on which his hundred year old novel Ulysses is set. My little centenary essay is not a full literary tribute, but a snippet of thought concerning a fraction of what the novel might teach us about nationalism and cosmopolitanism. The exchange between Bloom and The Citizen, happens in Episode 12:
The theme song is 'Zaftik' and was composed and performed by Nelson Rufatt.