By Raymond Roussel
The long-awaited new translation of the main spectacular and unclassifiable paintings of fiction in any language.
In a legendary African land, a few shipwrecked and uniquely proficient passengers degree a grand gala to entertain themselves and their captor, the good chieftain Talou. In functionality after strange performance—starring, between others, a zither-playing malicious program, a marksman who can peel an egg at fifty yards, a railway motor vehicle that rolls on calves’ lungs, and superb machines that paint, weave, and compose music—Raymond Roussel demonstrates why it really is that André Breton termed him “the maximum mesmerizer of contemporary times.” yet much more impressive than the mind-bending occasions Roussel details—as good as their outlandish, touching, or tawdry backstories—is the primary in the back of the novel’s genesis, a posh procedure of puns and double-entendres that expected (and helped encourage) such events as Surrealism and Oulipo. Newly translated and with an creation through Mark Polizzotti, this version of Impressions of Africa vividly restores the humor, linguistic legerdemain, and conceptual ask yourself of Raymond Roussel’s magnum opus.
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