The Supermale: By Alfred Jarry by Alfred JarryThe Supermale: By Alfred Jarry by Alfred Jarry

The Supermale: By Alfred Jarry

byAlfred JarryTranslated byRalph Gladstone, Barbara Wright

Paperback | September 30, 2009

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With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi--"Shite!"--Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its course thereafter. 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, André Breton to J.G. Ballard. The Supermale elaborates a carnal Pataphysics: André Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, believes that human energy has no limits, and demonstrates his belief by undertaking a 10,000-mile bicycle race with a locomotive, followed by an indefinite bout of lovemaking. 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. 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.
Alfred Jarry, eccentric dramatist, poet, and humorist, was born in Laval, France, in 1873. He was the co-founder, with Remy de Gourmont in 1894, of the magazine L'ymagier, which literally translated is "the maker of prints." This magazine, in existence only two years, presented texts and art images from a number of literary avant-garde...
Title:The Supermale: By Alfred JarryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 30, 2009Publisher:Exact Change

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Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) was the original transgressive author; the first word of his famous play Ubu Roi -- "Shit!" -- changed the course of art and drama forever. Jarry's novels are equally outrageous, and the best of them are now available from Exact Change. Where Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician is philosophical, The Supermale is carnal. Andre Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, has the ability to make love an infinite number of times in succession. Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarry describes the manner m which the Supermale proves his claim; after 82 times with a woman, attending doctors finally hook him up to a machine instead, with whom he merges in the book's -- and the Supermale's -- final climax. Last published in 1977 by New Directions, and long out of print.