Supermale (novel)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Le Surmâle (The Supermale) is a novel by Jarry written in 1902. Its irreverent and darkly humorous storyline involves elements of science fiction and features a race between a train and a team of cyclists fueled by "perpetual-motion food", and the exploits of a "supermale" capable of prodigious feats of endurance and sexual athleticism. It was Jarry's last novel. It is cited as the first cyborg sex novel), which is partly a satire on the Symbolist ideal of self-transcendence.

From Exact Change, the English language publisher:

"The act of love is of no importance, since it can be performed indefinitely." With that remark, the gentleman adventurer Andre Marcueil sets into motion an outrageous plot of scientific experiments and technological heroism focused on author Alfred Jarry's trinity of obsessions: sex, alcohol, and bicycles. Like a mock Jules Verne, Jarry describes the manner in which the "Supermale" ultimately proves his claim; after 82 times with a woman, attending doctors hook him up to a machine instead, with whom he merges in the book's--and the Supermale's--final climax. This 1902 novel is, together with Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, pataphysician (1898), one of the pillars of Pataphysics, Jarry's "science of imaginary solutions."

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