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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Between the two you will revel in the world of pataphysics.

The supermale

Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Use British English from November Articles containing French-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Not my favorite of his, but insane all the same. 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.

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.

You had better have a hankering for French exostentialism otherwise you are going to be reading this thinking, “Just what in the hell is wrong with these people? I am tempted to fix it but I think it’s kinda funny.

Books by Alfred Jarry. 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. 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 of a “supermale” capable of prodigious feats of endurance and sexual athleticism.


Andre realizes that his theory about love was wrong; sex does not equal love, since he has not fallen in love with Ellen. The “Indian” Andre meets a disguised Ellen. There are streaks of unimaginable beauty throughout this book.

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. He returns to the room where Ellen is sleeping.

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Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarty describes these deranged proceedings in a calm prose, crisply rendered here by Barbara Wright, one of French literature’s finest translators. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I will surely need to read this book again, if only to understand more thoroughly the metaphysics at work, especially concerning the philosophical views of Theophrastus. 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.

Aug 14, Matthew DeCostanza rated it really liked it Shelves: Irritated, he drowns them out with a phonograph. From inside the book. Over time, Ellen eventually gets over Andre, and marries a man who can keep his love within human capacities.

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Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named “Pataphysics,” a method for the rational disordering Hyde, essentially what is a primer of all early science fiction.


Sep 11, Lori rated it it was amazing. Ralph GladstoneBarbara Wright. Likewise, jarrry opening of the book, a dinner conversation led by Andre Marceuil, a balding bourgeois nobody again the Ron Jeremy image emerges leading his dignified, proper scientific and military friends in conversation, is brilliant: What Readers Are Saying What do you think?

Exact ChangeMay 1, – Fiction – pages. 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.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. But with a sort of crown, she turned the head of the docile monster, wherever she willed, to left algred to right.

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Jun 02, Rupert Owen rated it it was amazing. Insomma, divertente, scoppiettante e genialmente amaramente profondo. 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 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Love being something beyond infinite and ungraspable – a shadow.

Buy from our partners. The self-inflicted trials and tribulations our protagonist endures in this story are beyond reason and ultimately absurd.