On 11 January 1941, James Joyce underwent surgery in Zurich for a perforated ulcer. While he at first improved, he relapsed the following day, and despite several transfusions and fell into a coma. He awoke at 2 a.m. on 13 January 1941 and asked for a nurse to call his wife and son before losing consciousness again. They were still on their way when he died 15 minutes later.

Joyce's body was interred in the Fluntern Cemetery near Zurich Zoo. Swiss tenor Max Meili sang Addio terra, addio cielo from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the burial service. Although two senior Irish diplomats were in Switzerland at the time, neither attended Joyce's funeral, and the Irish government later declined Nora's offer to permit the repatriation of Joyce's remains. Nora, whom Joyce had married in London in 1931, survived him by 10 years. She is buried now by his side, as is their son George, who died in 1976.

(From Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce 

His supposed last words, “Does nobody understand?"

Image Lars Haefner

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Comment by David Little on April 11, 2014 at 4:04pm

WhenI go back to Dublin I tip my hat to Jimmy every time I cross 'his' green. I've followed his footsteps to many places - Pula and bars in Trieste were most enjoyable. Many years ago a colleague went to Fluntern on the anniversary of Joyce's death with the idea of writing a piece for Irish papers. He made copiuos notes, soaked up the atmosphere - and then went to the James Joyce Pub inZürich and soaked up some Guinness. He left all his notes in a telephone box in Zürich station when he called his girlfriend to inform her of hir time of return. I feel Joyce would have laughed!

Comment by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on April 11, 2014 at 5:17pm

Comment by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on April 11, 2014 at 5:19pm

Here is a photo of the "J. Joyce Irish Pub" in the old city of Cosenza, in northern Calabria, where my mother's family comes from. I was there last May, but I doubt that Joyce was ever there.


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