Ubu Roi (New Directions Paperbook)
Alfred Jarry

Ubu Roi (New Directions Paperbook)

  • Publish Date: 1961-01-17
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Alfred Jarry

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A stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere, Ubu Roi satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent.

Championed by Dadaists and Surrealists as the first absurdist drama, the play features a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesquethe author's metaphor for modern man. This drama in five acts by Alfred Jarry is translated from the French by Barbara Wright, with two portraits of the author by L. Lantier and F. A. Cazals, and several drawings by Jarry and Pierre Bonnard, and 24 drawings by Franciszka Themerson, doodled on lithographic platesall followed by The Song of the Dismembering, and concluding with two essays on the theatre by the same author and the same translator. More than 200 black-and-white line drawings

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