Nicolas Mahler


(German title: Ulysses)
ca. 288 pages
Nicolas Mahler
Foto: Nicolas Mahler

Nicolas Mahler, born in 1969, lives in Vienna where he works as a comic artist and illustrator. His comic strips and cartoons have been published by newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, NZZ am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Titanic. He has received numerous awards for his extensive oeuvre, including the 2010 Max and Moritz Prize for »Best German-Language Comic Artist« and the 2015 Preis der Literaturhäuser.

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A Ludicrous Endeavour: Modernity’s Book of the Century – Now as a Graphic Novel

From the »international star of the illustrator scene«. Arte

Not a mere illustration of Ulysses but a true interpretation, an original work and an homage to the golden age of newspaper comics at the same time.


Dublin, June 16, 1904: a day in the life of the advertising agent Leopold Bloom and the sensations of the ordinary – James Joyce has created a maximal book from a minimum of matter: Ulysses, the most important novel of modernity, the book of the century.

Joyce’s creation, spectacular also in regard to form, has inspired Nicolas Mahler to a story in pictures that is not a mere illustration or adaption of the novel but an independent and equally as inventive work.

Using the means of comic, the various literary techniques of the original are transformed graphically. Mahler assembles, quotes and rambles along entirely in the spirit of Joyce.

With his graphic interpretation of the modern classic, which constitutes an homage to the golden era of the newspaper comic strip at the same time, Ulysses can be newly discovered in an undreamed-of manner.


»Mahler‘s mastery of graphic retelling lies in the exposure of central motifs and moments of the respective literary source material. That way, his cartoons themselves become literal key works that provide us with accesses to the text.« Andreas Platthaus, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»With his adaptation of Ulysses, comic artist Nicolas Mahler proves himself to be an amazing mastr of interpretation once more.« Gerrit Bartels, Der Tagesspiegel

»Bit by bit, Mahler is becoming a genious.« Peter Pisa, KURIER

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Partyspaß mit Kant/Party Fun With Kant (2015)

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Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften/The Man Without Qualities (2013)

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Gedichte/Poems (2013)

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Alice in Sussex/Alice in Sussex (2013)

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Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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