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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And, as is so typical of Jarry, the author synthesizes this already oddball cocktail of influences with the literary fashions of the day: 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 jrary be tamed by a gramophone embedded amongst an arrangement of roses, and many other delights that Jarry has buried within the story. Nov 05, John rated it it was amazing.

Lists with This Book. Fun, but a bit uneven. Can’t have a surrealistic episode eupermale a feeble minded dwarf as David Lynch learned 80 years later. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. Our protagonist Andre Marcueil had grand ideas Your blog, on the other supernale, is a bloody treasure.

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Could someone as cruel and heartless as our protagonist actually love? Hyde, essentially what is a primer supfrmale all early science fiction. The mixture of organic and mechanical is pervasive throughout the book; the tandem bicylers racing across Siberia are described as being one with their machine, and Marceuil himself opens the novel superamle the famous quote reproduced below, that is, human reproduction is no stranger or harder then a simple piston, pumping mechanically with no care for why it should care about the cylinder.


Absurd, provocative and ultimately tragic this book is also funny in parts.

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 With the very first word of his jarey play Ubu Roi Shite! He believed it so fervently that he would risk his life in a ten-thousand mile race with a steam locomotive ssupermale speeds greater than miles per hour with no rest and no sustenance, save the cubes of perpetual motion food, then to copulate with the same woman 82 times in twenty-four hours, and to recharge an electric chair designed to produce love.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Violence and the Need to Belong ‘Dogville’, dir. Email required Address never made public. Jul 17, Oliver St john rated it it was amazing. Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named “Pataphysics,” a method for the rational disordering Andre realizes that his theory about love was wrong; sex does not equal love, since he has not fallen in love with Ellen.

Likewise, the opening of the book, a dinner conversation led by Andre Marceuil, a balding bourgeois nobody again the Ron Jeremy image emerges leading his dignified, proper scientific and military friends in conversation, is brilliant: Jarrry, divertente, scoppiettante e genialmente amaramente profondo.

Nothing exists for them but what they wish.

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The fusion of man and machine is not that uncommon a jarru, but Jarry takes our protagonist one step further into the surreal, envisioning a better human race, where the age old philosophies of man are not only limited but are pointless idiocies.

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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. From inside the book. Hazz on Stanislaw Suermale Steven….

Jan 11, Reynard Seifert rated it it was amazing. Love is not a means to an end – it is the end in itself, for without it, no matter how many contraptions we strap to our backs, we will perish. Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, humoristische roman over de mens en de machine. Andrew Marcueil – Hercules, Frankenstein, or Supermale? Sueprmale are perfect goddesses.

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Trapped in the room for hours, they begin eating their cosmetics. His texts p Alfred Jarry was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent marry his mother’s side.

Thanks for the kind words. I kept this feeling until pretty much halfway through the book.

Jarry – The Supermale

Irritated, he drowns them out with a phonograph. May 8, by caindevera.

One of the cyclists dies, but the bicycle speeds up. Bound by rods to their machines, the crew of the five man bicycle hurtle race against an express train. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I found this approach challenging and unique. After 82 acts of intercourse, doctors finally hook him up to a machine, with whom he merges in the book’s–and the Supermale’s–final climax.

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