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In a brief message to JJQ, Andres Weigel has uncovered a useful bit of information about an encounter with Joyce that apparently did not take place. In 1977, the Austrian writer Max Riccabona published an article describing his meeting with the Irish author in Feldkirsch in the summer of 1932. At the time, the young man was only seventeen and he went on to describe this brief encounter with a literary icon and its importance to his work.
Mr. Weigel has discovered, however, that Riccabona was actually in Davos seeking medical treatment for a lung condition during the three weeks that Joyce was in Feldkirch. No word on whether the Joyce he allegedly met could “shoot two eggs off two bottles at fifty yards over this shoulder.”
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