Saturday, June 6, 2015

Nabokov's Ulysses map



One of my favorite writers, Vladimir Nabokov, sketched the above map to illustrates the travels of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus through Dublin during the action in Ulysses. The posting at Open Culture, from where this illustration is taken, explains, "For those who teach Ulysses, Nabokov has a suggestion: 'Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced'.”

I've looked at the map, and many of the words are hard to make out, at least in the reproduction. However, I have found a website, Walking Ulysses, which is dedicated to providing maps.