Impressions of Africa (French Literature) (Paperback)

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By Raymond Roussel, Mark Polizzotti (Translator)
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In a mythical African land, some shipwrecked and uniquely talented passengers stage a grand gala to entertain themselves and their captor, the great chieftain Talou. In performance after bizarre performance--starring, among others, a zither-playing worm, a marksman who can peel an egg at fifty yards, a railway car that rolls on calves' lungs, and fabulous machines that paint, weave, and compose music--Raymond Roussel demonstrates why it is that Andr? Breton termed him "the greatest mesmerizer of modern times." But even more remarkable than the mind-bending events Roussel details--as well as their outlandish, touching, or tawdry backstories--is the principle behind the novel's genesis, a complex system of puns and double-entendres that anticipated (and helped inspire) such movements as Surrealism and Oulipo. Newly translated and with an introduction by Mark Polizzotti, this edition of "Impressions of Africa" vividly restores the humor, linguistic legerdemain, and conceptual wonder of Raymond Roussel's magnum opus.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781564786241
ISBN-10: 1564786242
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: June 29th, 2011
Pages: 279
Language: English
Series: French Literature