Quotation by James Joyce

I am damnably sick of Italy, Italian and Italians, outrageously, illogically sick.... I hate to think that Italians ever did anything in the way of art.... What did they do but illustrate a page or so of the New Testament! They themselves think they have a monopoly in the line. I am dead tired of their bello and bellezza.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. letter, Dec. 7, 1906, to his brother from Rome. Letters of James Joyce, vol. 2 (1966).
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