Finding Dublin in Joyce’s Dubliners

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Why would a writer elicit that kind of hatred? What kind of threat did he pose? I asked my dad if I could borrow a copy of Ulysses, went to my room and began to read. An hour later I came back downstairs. Is there an easier one? I asked. That’s when he gave me Dubliners.

Spurred on by the anger of a priest, Paul Murray shares with the Paris Review how turning to Joyce’s Dubliners helped him find Dublin.


P.E. Garcia is an Editorial Assistant for The Rumpus and the Dead Letters Editor for the Offing. His writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, and more. His chapbook is available from Awst Press. Born and raised in Arkansas, he now lives in Philadelphia where he's a PhD student at Temple University. Find him on Twitter @AvantGarcia. More from this author →