Sunday, 13 September 2020


The Ulysses readings are taking place on site again. The group has been split into two halves to ensure more space for readers. Both (parallel) halves read at the same pace and convene fortnightly.

Please note that the Foundation is asking participants to sign up in order to be able to adhere to the necessary safety measures. If you would like to join or re-join a group, it will be best to check beforehand if it is possible and advisable to do so.


Phone:     044 211 83 01

For more information please visit the Foundation's website.

Thursday, 10 & 17 September 2020 (7.271) – Aeolus

The reading group has been split into two halves. The first half gathered on Sept. 10, the second on Sept. 17. Both groups stopped at: Our lovely land.” (7.271)

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Bloomsday 2020

16 June 2020

Today is Bloomsday! Today marks 116 years of the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses!

The event is being marked by celebrations in many major cities of the world.
See for example - DublinNew York,  Toronto ... . 
Our own Zurich James Joyce Foundation is offering an apero in the evening (Registration required). There will also be a reading.
Read more about various events here!

If you are an absolute novice regarding Ulysses, below are some links that help you to start discovering this great novel!

- Watch Sam Slote's video, "Why should you read James Joyce's Ulysses" on YouTube here!

- Listen to the complete reading of Ulysses produced by RTE Radio here!

- Get and read the book, Ulysses for the Uninitiated
 (Reading James Joyce Ulysses with Fritz Senn)
More about the book here!
More about Fritz Senn here! (In German)

Enjoy reading one of the masterpieces of English literature!

Sunday, 15 March 2020


Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, all reading groups are suspended until further notice.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Thursday, 12 March 2020, Episode 7 (7.313 - 7. 603)

The reading stopped with ". . . Stephen said." (7.603)

As Bloom waits in the offices of The Telegraph to go inside the inner office of Myles Crawford to make a phone call, Simon Dedalus and Ned Lambert leave to have a drink. Professor MacHugh is still there. He is joined by Lenehan who brings Sport's tissues (racing forms by a weekly paper, Sport). He tosses them on to the table which get caught in the draught caused by the opening of the door and fall down to the floor. As Lenehan bends down to pick them up, Bloom comes out after making the phone call, bumps against Lenehan. He hurries out after apologising for hurting Lenehan's knee.

Soon Stephen comes in with Mr O'Madden Burke. Stephen has brought the letter on the foot and mouth disease that Mr Deasy had given him that morning. Both Professor MacHugh and the editor, Myles Crawford, know Mr Deasy and his wife. They start talking about Mrs Deasy's wife. Stephen's mind wanders off. He recalls what Mr Deasy had said that morning: "A woman brought sin into the world." Meanwhile Professor MacHugh discourses on the Greeks, Lenehan recites a limerick on MacHugh, and poses a riddle: What opera is like a railway line?, giving its answer himself when nobody pays any attention to it.

Their attention then turns to the loose ties worn by Stephen and Mr O'Madden Burke. 

Friday, 6 March 2020

Thursday, 5 March 2020, Episode 7 (7.1 - 7.312)

The reading stopped at "Hail fellow well met the next moment." (7.312)


Book 10 of Homer's Odyssey describes the visit of Odysseus and his crew to the island of Aeolus, the keeper (god) of winds. In Joyce's Ulysses, Aeolus is the unofficial name given to episode 7. This episode is quite windy with words, often hollow words. Joyce has assigned the office of the newspaper Freeman's Journal, the oldest newspaper of Dublinas its location. Its various sections/paragraphs have titles just like the headings of topics in a newspaper.

The episode starts in the heart of Dublin, before Nelson's pillar with the clanking of trams on their way. It is 12 noon. Bloom has come to the newspaper office with the intention of getting an extension for an advertisement from Alexander Keys. He talks to Red Murray, watches William Brayden the editor [passing] statelily up the staircase, goes inside, talks to Nannetti (a master-printer) about the advertisement, . . . He stands by, hearing the loud throbs of cranks, watching the silent typesetters at their cases.

Bloom then walks into the office of the Telegraph which is in the same building. Simon Dedalus, Ned Lambert and professor MacHugh are there. Bloom is noticed only by MacHugh. The other two do not pay any attention to him. They are too busy having fun, reading a passage in that day's newspaper.

(Summarized from the book, Ulysses for the Uninitiated.)

Friday, 28 February 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020, End of episode 6

We completed the episode 6.


Bloom moves away as the gravediggers start to fill the grave with heavy clods of clay. He notices that Hynes is writing in his notebook. Assuming that he is noting down the names of people who were at the funeral, Bloom tries to move away, as he [Hynes] knows them all. That does not turn out to be the truth as Hynes - though he does know the name of many who had come - calls back Bloom and asks him after his first name. Another proof that Bloom is an outsider in Dublin's society.

The mourners slowly move away. Hynes, Mr Power and others walk by the chief's grave (Parnell's grave). Bloom follows noticing the various ornaments put on the gates, various quotations on the grave stones. He is not much impressed by what he sees. "More sensible to spend the money on some charity for the living." The quotations remind him of Thomas Gray's poem, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. Typical of Bloom, he thinks of it as Eulogy in a country churchyard . . . [by] Wordswoth or Thomas Campbell. 

He sees an obese grey rat [toddling] along the side of the crypt. This makes him muse about what happens to the buried body, and about various ways of disposing of the dead: cremation, quicklime feverpits, sea burial, Parsee tower of silence . . .