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Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale appears on virtually every list of cycling novels. But who was Jarry? And does The Supermale deserve its place. Alfred Jarry () threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its with whom he merges in the book’s–and the Supermale’s–final climax. I first read Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale in French many years ago, a part of a massive Gallimand paperback collection of all of Jarry’s work.

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Along the way, they discover a mysterious and impossible third contestant. And what of love? I am tempted to fix it but I think it’s kinda funny. An issue I had constantly was with his poor aldred of location; At times I had to turn a few pages back to re-adjust my impression of the characters’ surroundings, as this vital information was often of secondary importance to the neverending stream of flowery but stilted prose.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. View on the Mobile Site. This was my second time reading Supermale and I got a lot more out of it than the first time.

The supermale Jagry Jarry Snippet view – Views Read Edit View history. Bound by rods to their machines, the crew of the five man bicycle hurtle race against an express train. Account Options Sign in. Preview — The Supermale by Alfred Jarry. Retrieved from ” https: And it wasn’t that the book was poorly written, rather, that Jarry’s understanding of Nietzschean thought is very poor. Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarry describes these deranged proceedings in a calm prose, crisply rendered here by Barbara Wright, one of French literature’s finest translators.

Love is thought to be an emotion, an impression on the soul, an enfeebled sensation and which Andre tries to prove an activity. Oct 27, Nathan “N.


Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named “Pataphysics,” a method for the rational disordering of rationality that has influenced countless subsequent artists and writers, from Marcel Duchamp to Wim Delvoye, Andre Breton to J. Notify me of new comments via email. I liked Ubu Roi and wanted to see more of Jqrry work.

With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi–“Shite! I think I agree that Jarry is a genius — it sucks that he was so self-destructive.

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Verouderde vertaling van Gerrit Komrij. Hoffman,” both for his priapism and his reality-bending will. The Supermale elaborates a carnal Pataphysics: Sep 21, Patrick Kelly rated it it was amazing. The Supermale elaborates a carnal Pataphysics: Your blog, on the other hand, is a bloody treasure. He describes in detail how he engages in said activity with over 50 women until doctors finally attach him to a machin Another surrealist classic, Jarry dubbed himself a “pataphysician” – “one alffred studies the science of imaginary solutions, [pataphysics], which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments.

Jarry escreve como se escorressem sonhos pela sua caneta. The fusion of man and machine is not that uncommon aofred theme, but Jarry takes our protagonist one step further into the surreal, envisioning a better human race, where the age old philosophies sulermale man are not only limited but are pointless idiocies. One of the cyclists dies, but the bicycle speeds up.

Posted in Literature 5 Comments. After 82 acts of intercourse, doctors finally hook him supefmale to a machine, with whom he merges in the book’s–and the Supermale’s–final climax. Brilliant stuff, especially that Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret pamphlet.

The level I read it at allowed for the luxurious imagery of the absurd to prick my senses – the ten thousand mile race fuelled by a super food alcoholseven nude tarts crashing through a window only to be tamed by a gramophone embedded amongst an arrangement of roses, and many other delights that Jarry has buried within the story. Quotes from The Supermale.


The “Indian” Andre supermxle a disguised Ellen.

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Marceuil, our supermale, is a freak because of his huge unit: After he sees Ellen apparently dead although she jarey asleep, he writes a poem for her about Helen of Troy and the carnage she caused. If you’re a Jarry fan, you’ll love it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Fun, but a bit uneven. A five-person bicycle is racing a train full of spectators, including Ellen. The story switches to the 10,mile race. Open Preview See alfrex Problem? He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism.

Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, humoristische roman over de mens en de machine. De roman gaat praktisch alleen over seks, hoewel daar vooral door zeer gedistingeerde heren met veel klassieke verwijzingen over gepraat wordt. It was a disquieting reminder both of the failures of memory and the difficulties of translation, even if the translation is occurring instantaneously, almost subliminally, in my head.

Refresh and try again. They finish a day and a half ahead of schedule but instead of finding cheering fans, they find roses at the finish line.