The Curious Odyssey of Rudolph Bloom, by Richard Reeder
Released on the 100th Anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses, February 2, 2022
Readers of James Joyce's novel ULYSSES will recognize the central character in this brief but provocative novel as the father of Leopold Bloom, but in their wildest dreams most will never suppose the reality behind his peripatetic history. Born Rudolph Virag into a Jewish family living in the Hapsburg Empire in and around the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, we know from Joyce's narrative that he lived at various times in Budapest, Vienna, Milan, Florence, London, and Dublin. Yet the reader is never given an explanation of why Rudolph was in those cities and what he did there.
THE CURIOUS ODYSSEY OF RUDOLPH BLOOM creates, for the first time, a backstory for this character. And what a story it is. Here we find Rudolph is a master tailor who manages a family project in Milan to provide buttons for the Hapsburg Empire's occupying army. In Italy, he discovers the world of great opera and art. But more importantly, Rudolph finds the great love of his life in Peppino, a Florentine man who is his project supervisor.
The story is told in two parts through Bloom's own memoir and reconstruction of the history with the sleuthing of none other than the two literary giants, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker.
A cracking good, satisfying tale, coming out on February 2, 2022, the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses.
6" x 9", 106 pages. Printed on archival quality, acid-free paper.
PRAISE FOR THE CURIOUS ODYSSEY OF RUDOLPH BLOOM
An impeccably researched and imagined story. The Curious Odyssey of Rudolph Bloom delivers a choir of fascinating characters, piecing together shards of a story that is larger than any of them can imagine. When Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker discover the heart of the story, the rich life of Rudolph, they usher in the proper reverence. Richard Reeder has picked up Joyce’s famous story and delivered his own captivating myth. -Devin Murphy, author of TINY AMERICANS and THE BOAT RUNNER