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Exploits And Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician
Reprinted. "Recounts the adventures of the inventor of pataphysics, the 'science of imaginary solutions.' The greatest prose work by the author of
, a novel that can be compared only to Rabelais or Sterne." "Pataphysics...is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter's limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics... Pataphysics will be, above all, the science of the particular, despite the common opinion that the only science is that of the general. Pataphysics will examine the laws governing exceptions, and will explain the universe supplementary to this one...
Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions
"Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) was the original transgressive author; the first word of his famous play Ubu Roi, 'Shittr!', changed the course of art and drama forever. Jarry's novels are equally outrageous, and the best of them are now again available in English. Where
Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician
is carnal. André Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, has the ability to make love an infinite number of times in succession. Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarry describes the manner in which this Supermale proves his claim; after 82 times with a woman, attending doctors finally hook him up to a machine instead, with whom he merges in the book's -- and the Supermale's -- final climax. Barbara Wright's excellent translation, first published by New Directions, has been long out of print."
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