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The First Book of Grabinoulor [Paperback]

Pierre Albert

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Book Description

July 1 2000 French Literature Series

Like its author, Grabinoulor has been rediscovered only in the last few decades. Originally published in SIC in 1919 and praised by such writers as Apollinaire, Celine, Max Jacob, and Raymond Queneau, it did not appear in English until 1986. Smart, joyous, playfully philosophical and completely without despair, the novel follows the character Grabinoulor -- "the happiest man in the world" -- a child-like, satyric, and comical Parisian as he visits other planets, travels through time, and finds poetry wherever he goes.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (July 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156478245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564782458
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 168 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,035,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After founding the Dada journal Sic, which printed his poems and those of more famous writers, Albert-Birot invented his joyously erotic hero, Grabinoulor, whose earliest exploits appeared in Sic in 1921. The irrepressible Grabinoulor performs his fantastic epic feats in an onrush of perpetual motion, which this slim book presents in rivers of unpunctuated prose. When Grabinoulor moves a statue in his apartment, trying to restore the parallels and perpendiculars of the furniture, he topples the earth. With his unconventional poetry, he squashes a grammarian. When unleashing his sexual fantasies, he produces poems shaped like bellies, breasts and phalluses. For some of these verses, the French text is included to reveal plays on words. Albert-Birot celebrated the erotic as a means of freeing the artistic imagination from bourgeois constraints. For him, sexuality represented poetic creation. His tricks of language, his leaps through time and space are in the traditions of Rabelais and Shandy. The ribaldry does not shock now as it once perhaps did, but Grabinoulor is still fun to read. The book is a valuable document in the development of Dada and surrealism.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

From the publisher's French literature series, Albert-Birot's 1986 Grabinoulor actually appeared first in 1919 in the literary avant-garde publication SIC, of which the author was founder and editor. The book is presented in both traditional chapters and in sections in which the words appear in the form of shapes such as triangles and even lips. In Cholodenko's more straightforward work, the eponymous hero sets out to investigate himself and his surroundings in a series of vignettes highlighting the absurdity of his life. More for the academics.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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