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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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Supermale by Alfred Jarry. The Supermale by Alfred Jarry. With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi Shite! 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 With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi Shite! 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, Andre Breton to J.

The Supermale elaborates a carnal Pataphysics: 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.

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. Paperbackpages. Published September 30th by Exact Change first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Insomma, divertente, scoppiettante e genialmente amaramente profondo. Come non assegnare almeno 4 stelline? Dec 28, Dave rated it liked it.

Absurd, provocative and ultimately tragic this book is also funny in parts. Some ideas I enjoyed: There is a crazy bicycle race in this book that is very much a set piece for the potential of human powered technology that flows like a surreal dream with dreamlike elements thrown in: Can’t have a surrealistic episode without a feeble minded dwarf as David Lynch learned 80 years later. Our Supermale’s superiority is measured, along with a few other things, by his sexual prowess.

But I’m 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. It’s something he never thought to do before Ahead of its time in many ways, Supermale shows its contemporaneous age in its attitude toward women, nonwhite races and class. Still, an entertaining little read and probably one alfreed the very first examples of what could be described suupermale a cyborg in literature.

Oct 27, Nathan “N. Aug 14, Matthew DeCostanza rated it really liked it Shelves: A mysterious stranger defies authority, wins races and woos damsels in this strange vision of a Paris. Hyde, essentially what is a primer of all early science fiction. And, as is so typical of Akfred, the author synthesizes this already oddball cocktail of influences with the literary fashions of the day: Athough Jarry was well-versed in the classics his prose did not match that of his heroes.

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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. There was, however, room for some swooningly romantic diction, not to mention some raunchy-by-today’s-standards descriptions of sex: Nov 03, Amy rated it it was amazing.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jarry escreve como se escorressem sonhos pela sua caneta. I am glad that most people like this book, but to me it is a bunch of nonsense.

Sep 11, Lori rated it it was amazing. This is Jarry’s major novel, to be read along with the Gestures and Opinions of Dr. Between the two you will revel in the world of pataphysics. Een van de meest toegankelijke romans van Jarry. Soms erg grappig, geniaal, banaal of flauw, maar nooit vervelend. Verouderde vertaling van Gerrit Komrij. Slordige uitgave, met maar liefst 3 dt-fouten. May 07, Cheryl Anne Gardner rated it it was amazing. Our protagonist Andre Marcueil had grand ideas He believed it so fervently that he would risk his life in a ten-thousand mile race with a steam locomotive at speeds greater than miles per hour with no rest and no sustenance, save the cubes of perpetual motion food, then to copulate with the same woman 82 times in twenty-four hours, and to recharge an electric chair desig Our protagonist Andre Marcueil had grand ideas He believed it so fervently that he would risk his life in a ten-thousand mile race with a steam locomotive at speeds greater than miles per hour with no rest and no sustenance, save the cubes of perpetual motion food, then to copulate with the same woman 82 times in twenty-four hours, and to recharge an electric chair designed to produce love.

Maybe, or maybe his futuristic ideas held something of substance, something an ordinary mind could not possibly grasp hold of. Andrew Marcueil – Hercules, Frankenstein, or Supermale? The fusion of man and machine is not that uncommon a theme, but Jarry takes our protagonist one jsrry further into the surreal, envisioning a better human race, where the age old philosophies of man are not only limited but are pointless idiocies.

The self-inflicted trials and tribulations our protagonist endures in this story are supermalf reason and ultimately absurd.

But for all the absurdity, it is the story of a man’s search for himself – a better self. Above all, discretely woven into this tale is a love story, alfrrd heart wrenching sad love story.

And what of love? Could someone as cruel and heartless as our protagonist actually love? Love being something beyond infinite and ungraspable – a shadow. In order find love, one must understand God.

Would Andre ever understand Could he see God in himself, even though his egotistical mania filled him with the belief that he actually was God.

Even Jarry himself had his doubts: 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. We are the only machines that have the capacity to generate love, and in that lies the truth: Superamle human capacity for love is limitless.

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Jarry’s prose is eloquent and refined Surrealist and Sci-Fi fans alike will be pleased with the implications of this story.

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Jun 02, Rupert Owen rated it it was amazing. Having gleaned the reviews already on here about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t supetmale I really need to add much more. 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. Like Shaw’s 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.

I will surely need to read th Having gleaned the reviews already on zupermale about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t feel I really need to add much more. I will surely need to read this supermmale again, if only to understand more thoroughly the metaphysics at work, especially concerning the philosophical views of Theophrastus. The level I read it at allowed for the luxurious imagery of the absurd to prick my senses – the ten thousand mile race fuelled by a super food alcoholseven nude tarts crashing through a window only to be tamed by a gramophone embedded amongst an arrangement of roses, and many other delights that Jarry jjarry buried within the story.

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It will amuse and if not it will tickle your curiosity buds. Jan 22, Jesse rated it liked it. A mad scientist tale crossed with bits of supfrmale 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.

Sep 21, Patrick Kelly rated it it was amazing. 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. He describes in detail how he engages in said activity with over 50 women until doctors finally attach him to a machin 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.

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. The narrative is sometimes hard to follow, like a stream-of-consciousness, and oftentimes uses invented words. 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.

I found this approach challenging and unique. Mar 19, Adam Browne rated it it was amazing. A parody of industrial millennarianism – or a celebration of it? Or more likely just pure surrealism – beyond interpretation Bizarre, in de toekomst namelijk spelende, humoristische roman over de mens en de machine. De roman gaat praktisch alleen over seks, hoewel daar vooral door zeer gedistingeerde heren met veel klassieke verwijzingen over gepraat wordt.

Bevat ook een spannend verslag van een absurde wielerwedstrijd tegen een trein.