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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Come non assegnare almeno 4 stelline? Brilliant stuff, especially that Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret pamphlet.

Jarry – The Supermale

The action takes places in only a few scenes, a diner, a short aofred, a transcontinental bicycle race, a stupendously long and ultimately fatal display of sexual prowess the likes of which Ron Jeremy, I am certain, would be envious.

With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi –“Shite “–Alfred Jarry threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its course thereafter. If you haven’t read Jarry you’ll probably like it a lot but wonder why you paid so much money for it.

Jul 17, Oliver St john rated it it was amazing.

His texts present some pioneering work in the field of absurdist literature. He begins taking bromide and exercising to become super-strong. He returns to the room where Ellen is sleeping.


I read The Supermale in a language I was still shaky in at the time, despite ten years of immersion. So I read it again this year, in English, and then passed it off to my girlfriend. Most disappointing for me, alfrwd yet pleasant in re-acquaintance, was the sheer poetry of the thing: Not my favorite of his, but insane all the same.

The supermale

You had better have a hankering alfredd French marry otherwise you are going to be reading this thinking, “Just what in the hell is wrong with these people?

There is a crazy bicycle race in this book that is very much a set supermlae for the potential of human powered technology that flows like a surreal dream with dreamlike elements thrown in: Sep 21, Patrick Kelly rated it it was amazing. Jarry died in in Paris. One of the cyclists dies, but the bicycle speeds up. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He is strangled, in one of the most famous scenes, or so I say, in science fiction, by a machine, designed to give him love, but so overwhelmed by Marceuil that it falls in love with him.

The Supermaleelaborates a carnal Pataphysics: Jarry’s manier van jatry doet ongekend modern en surr Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, jarrry roman over de mens en de machine. Een van de meest toegankelijke romans van Jarry. The fusion of man and machine is not that uncommon a theme, 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.


Alfred Jarry, The Supermale | The Anatomy Lesson

Barbara Wright, a novelist and screenwriter, lives in Kansas City, Missouri. The main character Marcueil constantly attempts to push the boundaries of humanity in all sorts of aspects. Jun 02, Rupert Owen rated it it was amazing. Interesting to say the least But Supermake afraid that Jarry implies that quantity as in the number of times our guy can get it up in a row is a better measure than quality; Supermale kisses and caresses his lover all over tenderly only AFTER he thinks she has died.

Bathybius, in the study, returns to his notes to find something unusual he had written and considers the potential of God compared to man. Sep 11, Lori rated it it was amazing. Violence and the Need to Belong ‘Dogville’, dir. Notify me of new comments via email.