London: Faber and Faber, 1939. First trade edition. A Fine copy of the book, bright and appearing unread. In a Fine price-clipped dust jacket with only the slightest wear at the extremities. Jacket spine titles a trifle toned. Slight offsetting on the final leaf of text. Overall an exceptionally bright, clean copy.
Among the most influential and complex Modernist works, Finnegan's Wake "blends the reality of life with a dream world. The motive of the novel, inspired by the 18th century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, is that history is cyclical...the novel's plot is nearly as complex as the linguistic tactics deployed by Joyce, who combined a number of languages and utilized complex sonic implications to create an atmosphere of wordplay and hidden meaning throughout the entirety of Finnegan's Wake" (Britannica). A natural progression from his earlier masterpiece Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake shows Joyce pressing his ability to weave together numerous languages, cultural mythologies, and national literatures to defy boundaries and binaries we so often lean on to understand the world. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #5105)