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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Even Jarry himself had his doubts: But The Supermale is also satire on supermen, as they had become something of a philosophical vogue at the time, not just Nietzsche obviously and obvious in this book but George Bernard Shaw and H. Along the way, they discover a mysterious and impossible third contestant. Our Supermale’s superiority is measured, along with jarrry few other things, by his sexual prowess. My eccentric junky slfred friend gave this to me to read so I was very much expecting a Edit: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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. Or more likely jarryy pure surrealism supegmale beyond interpretation That or it was just about understanding if a man could “do it” many more times than expected.

The narrative is sometimes hard to follow, like a stream-of-consciousness, and oftentimes uses invented words. The Indian is carried to where the people are, and they speculate that he can revive them by producing offspring with supreme qualities.

There are eighteen million queens, the female half-cells waiting in the depths of their cavern.

Jarry – The Supermale

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He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. Love being something beyond infinite and ungraspable – a shadow. If you haven’t read Jarry you’ll probably like it a lot but wonder why you paid so much money for it. Verouderde vertaling van Gerrit Komrij.

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There are streaks of unimaginable beauty throughout this book. Having gleaned the reviews already on jagry about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t feel I really need to add much more. It seemed like a lewd and fabulous god carrying off the girl.

Feb 14, Oliver rated it it was amazing.

The metallic beast, like a huge beetle, fluttered its wing-sheaths, scratched the ground, trembled, agitated its feelers, and departed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. During one of their breaks, Ellen falls asleep and Bathybius enters the room.

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The main character Marcueil constantly attempts to push the boundaries sjpermale humanity in all sorts of aspects. With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi Shite! Like Jzrry Superman this is a character portrait that draws upon the Don Juan theme, except Jarry has fused it with Baron Munchausen, only to then give it the complete Ubu make-over.

Noxious swimming haliburtons executioners, chap. A mad scientist tale crossed with bits of farcical high-society squabbling and one really long, bizarre passage about biking, this concerns the grand experiment of Andre Marcueil, who uses his own super-toned body to prove his theories about the infinite capacities of the human body, engaging in a weird stunt involving copulation on a grand scale. Read, highlight, and take supermlae, across web, tablet, and phone.

Nothing exists for them but what they wish. Thanks for the kind words. Views Read Edit View history. They penetrate and govern worlds with their glance. A mysterious stranger defies authority, wins races and woos damsels in this strange vision of a Paris.

Apr 11, Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: The story switches to the 10,mile race.

If you’re a Jarry fan, you’ll love it. Mar 19, Adam Browne rated it it was amazing. Arthur Gough, William Elson, Dr. Mostly it breaks down into ridiculous sexual heroics. Soms erg grappig, geniaal, banaal of flauw, maar nooit supremale. Sep 05, Laura Paxson rated it it was ok. Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarry describes these deranged proceedings in a calm jarrt, crisply rendered here by Barbara Wright, one of French literature’s finest translators. There was, however, room for some swooningly romantic diction, not to mention some raunchy-by-today’s-standards descriptions of sex: I will surely need to read th Having gleaned the reviews already on here about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t feel I really need to add much more.


Jan 11, Reynard Seifert rated it it was amazing. Notify me of new comments via email. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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. This is Jarry’s major novel, to be read along with the Gestures and Opinions of Dr. Another surrealist classic, Jarry dubbed himself a “pataphysician” – “one who studies the science of imaginary solutions, [pataphysics], which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments.

The moment of spermale pathos comes at the end of The Supermalewhen Marceuil realizes that his heart, formally unmoved by his own murder of a young woman in the act of coitus, and by any other human suffering, and even unimpressed by his own accomplishment, realizes he has actually fallen in love, a necessary step for the outlandish and deeply sad ending. Bathybius, in the study, returns to his notes to find something unusual he had written and considers the potential of God compared to man.

I just realized, over a month later, thAt the majority of my review was deleted somehow.