By Alfred Jarry

Alfred Jarry is better referred to as the writer of the proto-Dada play Ubu Roi, yet this anarchic novel of absurdist philosophy is generally considered as the vital paintings to his oeuvre. Exploits and reviews of Dr. Faustroll recounts the adventures of the inventor of “Pataphysics ... the technological know-how of imaginary solutions.”

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Once the moor­ ing line were untied by way of our laconic deck boy, the fort crumbled and died and reappeared reflected within the sky, from very far-off, as a very good junk chafing the sand's fireplace. forty six 19 C O N C E R N I NG THE I SLE OF PTYX TO S TEPHANE MA LLARME The isle of Ptyx is formed from a unmarried block of the stone of this identify, a helpful stone stumbled on basically during this island, that's completely composed of it. It has the serene translucency of white sapphire and is the one important stone no longer ice-cold to touch, for its fireplace enters and spreads itself like wine after consuming. different stones are as chilly because the cry of trumpets; this has the brought about warmth of the skin of kettledrums. It used to be effortless for us to land there, because it used to be reduce in table-form, and we had the feeling of atmosphere foot on a sunlight purged of the opaque or too marvelous elements of its flame; as with the torches of olden instances. One now not spotted the injuries of items yet basically the substance of the universe, and the reason is, we didn't care no matter if the wonderful floor used to be a liquid equilibrated in keeping with everlasting legislation, or a diamond, imper­ vious other than less than a gentle falling without delay from above. The lord of the islands got here towards us in a boat: the funnel puffed out blue halos at the back of his head, magnifying the smoke from his pipe and imprinting it at the sky. and because the send pitched and tossed, his rocking chair jerked out his welcoming gestures. From underneath his traveling-rug he drew 4 eggs with painted forty seven shells, which he passed over to health care provider Faustroll after first taking a drink. within the flame of the punch we have been ingesting, the hatching of the oval embryos broke out over the island's shore: far away columns, the isolation of 2 prismatic trinities of Pan pipes, splayed out within the spurt in their cornices the quadridigitat� hand­ shake of the sonnet's quatrains; and our skiff rocked its hammock within the child mirrored image of the triumphal arch. Dispersing the bushy interest of the fauns and the rosy bloom of the nymphs aroused from their reverie via this mellifluous production, the light motor vessel withdrew its blu·e breath towards the island's horizon, with its jerking chair waving see you later. • . z o C O N C E R NING THE CYCLOPS, T H E IS L E AND W HIC H IS OF HER, T H E GR consume OF S WA N CRYSTAL TO HENRI D E REGNIER The isle of Her, just like the isle of Ptyx, is one unmarried jewel, with no­ jutting octagonal fortifications, comparable to the basin of a fountain * because the writing of this ebook, the river round the island has changed into a funeral wreath. [Author's word. ] forty eight of jasper. The map gave it the identify of the isle of Herm, since it is pagan and consecrated to Mercury; and the population known as it the isle of Hort, as a result of its great gardens. Faustroll steered me that one may still interpret a reputation simply from its old and genuine root, and that the syllable her, just like the root of a genealogical tree, capacity, kind of, Seignioral. The island's floor is of nonetheless water, mirror-like (it was once typical that the islands should still seem to us as lakes, in the course of our navigation over dry land); and one can't think a boat crusing via it, except within the demeanour of a ricochet skimming the outside, for this replicate displays no ripples, now not even its personal.

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