Ulysses is a modernist novel by James Joyce. The book was first published in its entirety in 1922. Ulysses chronicles an ordinary day of Leopold Bloom, the protagonist. The novel is set in Dublin on June 16, 1904. Ulysses is the Latinized name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem. This way the novel establishes a series of parallels between the poem and the novel. The author employs a number of stylistic techniques, from various allusions and parodies to the "stream of consciousness" technique. All this made Ulysses one of the greatest novels of all times, there is even so-called Bloomsday celebrated on June 16.