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Alfred Jarry

  • French writer
  • Born September 8, 1873
  • Died November 1, 1907

Alfred Jarry (French: [al.fʁɛd ʒa.ʁi]; 8 September 1873 – 1 November 1907) was a French symbolist writer who is best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), a pataphysical work which depicts the bourgeoisie as the super-mediocre. He coined the term and philosophical concept of pataphysics, which uses absurd irony to portray symbolic truths (and playfully vice versa).Jarry was born in Laval, Mayenne, France, and his mother was from Brittany. He was associated with the Symbolist movement. His play Ubu Roi is often cited as a forerunner of Dada and the Surrealist and Futurist movements of the 1920s and 1930s.


We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings.




Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.




The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.




It is conventional to call 'monster' any blending of dissonant elements. I call 'monster' every original inexhaustible beauty.




God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.




Blind and unwavering undisciplined at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men.




We believe... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.



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