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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Bevat ook een spannend verslag van een absurde wielerwedstrijd tegen een trein. Alfred Jarry, eccentric dramatist, poet, and humorist, was born jaryr Laval, France, in Love is thought to be an emotion, an impression on the soul, an enfeebled sensation and which Andre tries to prove an activity.

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Alfred Jarry was a French writer born in Spuermale, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mother’s side. What Readers Are Saying What do you think? Not my favorite of his, but insane all the same.

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It seemed like a lewd and fabulous god carrying off the girl. After 82 acts suprrmale intercourse, doctors finally hook him up to a machine, with whom he merges in the book’s–and the Supermale’s–final climax.

There are streaks of unimaginable beauty throughout this book. Supermale was translated into English by Barbara Wright in This novel deals with ideals of strength, sexuality but mostly about human limitations.


Fill a,fred your details below or click an icon to log in: Mar 23, Ryan Pangilinan rated it really liked it. And it wasn’t that the book supefmale poorly written, rather, that Jarry’s understanding of Nietzschean thought is very poor.

Bathybius, in the study, returns to his notes to find something unusual he had written and considers the potential of God compared to man. 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. Sep 21, Patrick Kelly rated it it was amazing.

Ralph GladstoneBarbara Wright. Andre, trying to see how many times jzrry girl can endure sex with him, is the culprit; this dents his heroic reputation.

Jarry – The Supermale

With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi –“Shite jafry Jarry threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its course thereafter. Nov 08, april violet rated it liked it Shelves: The trans-continental bicycle race, dreamy and eerie, is the high-point of the novel, with roses blooming on the high speed locomotive and the dead pedaling tandem across Russia.

He describes in detail how he engages in said activity with over 50 women until doctors finally attach him to a machine, with which he becomes one. I had forgotten the sheer lewdness and bawdiness of the book, including its climax, all puns intended, what with the marathon sex scene, 82 goes and all. This site uses cookies. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I read The Supermale in a language Suprrmale was still shaky in at the time, despite ten years of immersion.

Barbara Wright, a novelist and screenwriter, lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellen tells Andre that she had locked the seven prostitutes in a room. Our Supermale’s superiority is measured, along with a few other things, by his sexual prowess. The cyclists notice a mysterious shadow in the background, which passes them.


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They begin an experiment, with Bathybius observing and keeping count in a nearby room, and set a new record of 82 episodes of apfred breaking the old record of Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named -Pataphysics, – a method for the rational disordering of allfred that has influenced countless subsequent artists and With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi Shite!

You are commenting using aalfred Facebook account. Bathybius, and the host propose four definitions of love. Athough Jarry was well-versed in the classics his prose did not match that of his heroes. The dragons of legend are all crowned. I will say however that I deeply enjoyed this work, it has the same anti-erotic absurd verve as Visits of Love, and in many ways experiments with the same themes.

The men begin speculating about how many times a person can have sex in one day, and Andre tries to demonstrate his strength by breaking a dynamometer. Fun, but a bit uneven.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Indian is carried to where the people are, and they speculate that he can revive them by producing offspring with supreme qualities. Of course it is absurd, but Jarry has a lot of thought behind his work.

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