Title: Finnegans Wake
Author: James Joyce
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Year: 1939
Finnegans Wake is a complex novel that blends the reality of life with a dream world. It is well known for its experimental style and its reputation as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the Western canon. Written over a period of seventeen years and published in 1939, the novel was Joyce's final work. The motive idea of the novel, inspired by the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, is that history is cyclical. To demonstrate this, the book ends with the first half of the first sentence of the novel.
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