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Excerpt from Understanding the (Net) Wake, by Dan Weiss (an interesting article on Finnegans Wake)


That the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima six years after the publication of Finnegans Wake does not prevent many uncanny references to atomic explosions in its pages. When we read of “hriosmas, whereas take notice be the relics of the bones”(91), and when “he is consistently blown to Adams”(313) appears only two pages from “Whatthough for all appentices it had a mushroom on it….nogeysokey first”(315), we experience the kind of frission usually reserved for the end of a Poe or Lovecraft story.

When Joyce describes ALP’s “birthright pang that would split an atam”(333), or “the abnihilization of the etym”(353), he is not quite anticipating “a future scientific and conceptual discovery” as Eco suggests. In a rare display of non-omnipotence, Eco forgets that Lord Rutherford’s atom splitting experiment took place in 1919. The division of the Democritan indivisible was already an established scientific possibility.

What Joyce’s ‘prediction’ of atomic warfare does is to demonstrate the ability of a system with a ‘critical mass’ of complexity to produce novel forms independently of the creator of that system (more important than freak demonstrations of clairvoyance).{20D} Eco gets back on track when he reminds us that any discovery represents “an excess of disorder in respect to existing codes”. Joyce sets loose his original organization of disorder, and lets the “flash from a future of maybe mahamayability”(597) take care of itself.”