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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Having gleaned the reviews already on here about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t feel I really need to add much more.

He was the co-founder, with Remy de Gourmont inof the magazine L’ymagier, jagry literally translated is “the maker of prints. This approach to creative writing reminded me of reading Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange in that the vocabulary of the author is given meaning by the context of the action.

After he sees Ellen apparently dead although she is asleep, he writes a poem for her about Helen of Troy and the carnage she caused. Jan 22, Jesse rated it liked it.

Jarry was a genius. Soms erg grappig, geniaal, banaal of flauw, maar nooit vervelend.

The Supermale by Alfred Jarry – FictionDB

Ron was HAWT back in the day, btw, huh. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It is agreed that a love machine similar to an electric chair must be built to force Andre to love Ellen. Bound by rods to their machines, the crew of the five man bicycle hurtle race against an express train. Jun 02, Rupert Owen rated it it was amazing. I read The Supermale in a language I was still shaky in at the time, despite ten years of immersion.

Thanks for the kind words. As the dinner party ends, Andre and Ellen have a sexual conversation and she admires the roses on his property. The novel, Jarry’s last, revolves around a race between a train and a team of cyclists fuelled by perpetual-motion food and the exploits xlfred a “supermale” alfted of prodigious feats of endurance and sexual athleticism.

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The supermale

It is against them that Marceuil pits himself, shadowing them in such a way that the bicylists blame his appearance on hallucinations. Andre, a sexually-repressed year-old, is confused about his body. Brilliant stuff, especially that Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret pamphlet. There was, however, room for some swooningly romantic diction, not to mention some raunchy-by-today’s-standards descriptions of sex: Slordige uitgave, met maar liefst 3 dt-fouten.


An issue I had constantly was with his poor grasp of location; At times I had to turn a few pages back to re-adjust my impression of the characters’ surroundings, as this vital information was often of secondary importance to the neverending stream of flowery but stilted prose.

But with a sort of crown, she turned the head of the docile monster, wherever she willed, to left and to right. Another surrealist classic, Jarry dubbed himself a “pataphysician” – “one who studies the science of sulermale solutions, [pataphysics], which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments. To the universal attraction of the scientists they oppose affinities proper unto themselves.

They jarr a day and a half ahead of schedule but instead of finding cheering fans, they find roses at the finish line.

This was aldred second time reading Supermale and I got a lot more out of it than the first time. Still, an entertaining little read and probably one of the very first examples of what could be described as a cyborg in literature. 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.

I give this book five stars for creativity event though, in fact, it kind of slows down and declines in quality towards the end. This is Jarry’s major novel, to be read along with the Gestures and Opinions of Dr.

The supermale – Alfred Jarry, Barbara Wright – Google Books

Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named “Pataphysics,” a method for the rational jzrry of rationality that has influenced countless subsequent artists and writers, from Marcel Duchamp to Wim Delvoye, Andr Breton to J. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, humoristische roman over de mens en de machine. Surrealist and Sci-Fi fans alike will be pleased with the implications of this wlfred.

Sep 11, Lori rated it it was amazing. It’s short, so that was a relief. 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.


It’s very close to my heart. 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 uarry opens the novel with the famous quote reproduced below, that jarrt, human reproduction is no stranger or harder then a simple piston, pumping mechanically with no care for why it should care about the cylinder. Can’t say I liked it, can’t say I didn’t.

The Supermale

Our protagonist Andre Marcueil had grand ideas Jarry’s manier van schrijven doet ongekend modern en surrealistisch aan, en is al even intrigerend als onbegrijpelijk.

Jarry’s manier van schrijven doet ongekend modern en surr Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, humoristische roman over de mens en de machine. Best known for his play Ubu Roiwhich is often cited as a forerunner to the surrealist theatre of the s and s, Jarry wrote in a variety of genres and styles. Nov 05, John rated it it was amazing. Trivia About The Supermale. With the very first jarrh of his famous play Ubu Roi–“Shite! This book is worth reading for the fantastic and absurd bicycle race alone: Nel vuoto creatosi dalla morte degli dei o dalla loro indifferenza suprrmale la tecnica mostra i propri limiti.

Athough Jarry was well-versed in the classics his prose did not match that of his heroes. Andre Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, believes that human energy has no limits, and demonstrates his belief by undertaking a 10,mile bicycle race with a locomotive, followed by an indefinite bout of lovemaking.

His texts p Alfred Jarry was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he alfreed of Breton descent on his mother’s side. 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.

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