The story of the friendship between James Joyce and the Italian novelist Italo Svevo. "Brilliant....there are only a small number of truly first-rate books on Joyce, but Price's is one of them"--City Journal New York. "....explores their relationship with sympathy, understanding and humour"-- Irish Times. "... a simply adorable book --The Guardian. "Witty, informative and elegantly written..Stanley Price understands, as all the very best biographers do, that quotidian, commonplace detail and gentle humour can attract the reader far more than grand theorizing" --Times Literary Supplement. "Stanley Price's admirable book, so rich in detail and characterisation.fascinating work of scholarship"--Jan Morris, Literary Review. "Crystal clear and brilliant prose" --L'Osservatore Romano. "Readable, amusing, measured and humane" --Jewish Chronicle.