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The Supermale
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Exact Change
Publication date May 1, 1999
Pages 232
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781878972255
ISBN-10 1878972251
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $13.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi--"Shite!"--Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its course thereafter. 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, André Breton to J.G. Ballard. The Supermale elaborates a carnal Pataphysics: André Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, believes that human energy has no limits, and demonstrates his belief by undertaking a 10,000-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.

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Hardcover
from W W Norton & Co Inc (June 1, 1977)
9780811206327 | details & prices | List price $8.20
About: A novel about the 1920s, first published in 1902, combines fin-de-siecle fun of posing with Rabelaisian excess in a comic, deliberately pretentious, erotic vision of man's sexual potential
Paperback
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With Barbara Wright, Ralph Gladstone (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Exact Change (May 1, 1999)
9781878972255 | details & prices | 232 pages | 6.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.95
About: With the very first word of his famous play Ubu Roi--"Shite!

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