Alfred Jarry's work was a cannon shot fired at the French literary establishment at the end of the nineteenth century. His play "Ubu Roi" set off a riot, announcing the advent of surrealism, absurdist drama and the avant garde. Newly translated by Richard Henrich, Love Making Visits uses a framework of amorous trysts to paint a protagonist ripening from a cocksure fifteen year old, with a passion for experimentation, to a taster of many varieties of love, conventional and bizarre. Metamorphosing through symbolist and hallucinatory stages, he arrives transformed into the epically absurd figure of Ubu. He is at once comical, rapacious, and bombastic, an anti-hero and destroyer of convention. Beautifully written, expertly translated from the French, this novel is a wildly comical yet profoundly poetic journey, one that is at once despairing and ecstatic. It is presented here in English and in a newly edited French text.
Literature-Fiction, Drama, Continental-European,