By Alfred Jarry
Alfred Jarry is better often called the writer of the proto-Dada play Ubu Roi, yet this anarchic novel of absurdist philosophy is broadly considered as the crucial paintings to his oeuvre. Exploits and evaluations of Dr. Faustroll recounts the adventures of the inventor of “Pataphysics ... the technology of imaginary solutions.”
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