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Alfred Jarry

Datum narození: 8. září 1873
Datum úmrtí: 1. listopad 1907

Alfred Jarry byl francouzský básník, romanopisec a dramatik. Jeho nejznámějším dílem je Král Ubu, které bývá chápáno jako předchůdce absurdního dramatu. Jarry je zakladatelem vědy označované jako patafyzika.


„Láska je akt, nemající významu, protože je možné opakovat jej nesčetněkrát.“

„Nemůžeme říci, že jsme všechno zbořili, dokud nezboříme i zříceniny. Ale nemyslím, že by se to dalo provést jinak, než vyvážíme-li je krásnými, dobře uspořádanými budovami.“


„"Sadisto!" řekla.
Marcueil se uvolněně zasmál. Nepatřil k mužům, kteří ženy bijí. Cosi v něm bylo vůči nim ještě krutější, nemusel to již násobit.“

„Dawn was breaking, like the light from another world.“ The Supermale

„It is one of the great joys of home ownership to fire a pistol in one's own bedroom“

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

„The work of art is a stuffed crocodile.“

„That's a beautiful speech, but nobody's listening. Let's go.“ Ubu Roi


„I intended that when the curtain went up the scene should confront the public like the exaggerating mirror in the stories of Madame Leprince de Beaumont, in which the depraved saw themselves with dragons' bodies, or bulls' horns, or whatever corresponded to their particular vice. It is not surprising that the public should have been aghast at the sight of its other self, which it had never before been shown completely. This ignoble other-self, as Monsieur Catulle Mendes has excellently said, is composed "of eternal human imbecility, eternal lust, eternal gluttony, the vileness of instinct magnified into tyranny; of the sense of decency, the virtues, the patriotism & the ideals peculiar to those who have just eaten their fill." Really, these are hardly the constituents for an amusing play, & the masks demonstrate that the comedy must at the most be the macabre comedy of an English clown, or of a Dance of Death.“ Ubu Roi

„One can show one's contempt for the cruelty and stupidity of the world by making of one's life a poem of incoherence and absurdity.“ Selected Works

„Papa Ubu: Yes, gentlemen, but however beautiful it may be, it can't compare with Poland. Because if there weren't any Poland, there wouldn't be any Poles!“

„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; or, less ambitiously, will describe a universe which can be - and perhaps should be - envisaged in the place of the traditional one.“


„... there are only hallucinations, or perceptions, and that there are neither nights nor days... and that life is continuous; yet that one would never be aware of its continuity, nor even that life exists without these pendulum movements; and life is primarily verified by the beating of the heart“ Days and Nights

„Maintenant que la glace est rompue, causons." (Now the ice is broken, let's talk.)

-After shooting into a mirror“

„Là-dessus, le Père Ubu, qui n’a pas volé son repos, va essayer de dormir. Il croit que le cerveau, dans la décomposition, fonctionne au-delà de la mort et que ce sont ses rêves qui sont le Paradis.

Letter to Madame Rachilde, 1906“

„The military hospital is the most cheerful of militaty buildings because there are so few uniforms inside.“

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