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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 05:52 am
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ahclem
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This is a really fascinating, intricately structured deck from 1989 inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses. It was published by a company called Presage International and features artwork by one Rosita Fanto.

To quote from the deck's title card:

The Vau-de-Ville of James Joyce's "Ulysses" encircles and condenses into a pictorial form the adventures of a single day, June 16, 1904. Each image is part of a puzzle in which past, present, future, naturalism, symbolism, reality, hallucination are superimposed and interwoven.

Mock heroic exaggeration and pomposity explode into laughter through visions, fantasies and internal monologues. Hearts are emotional. Clubs are physical. Diamonds are spiritual. Spades are symbolical. R. Fanto created the drawings and devised the scheme based on many useful hints given by Richard Ellmann, Joyce's biographer.


The numbered cards of each suit represent key events of the novel. The court cards deal literally and symbolically with the various characters. Luckily, the deck includes a rather detailed guide to the inspirations for each card.

Some more card scans and bit more information (in fact, pretty much the only other information about the deck I've found) is here.

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A few more cards:

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