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Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry


Ubu Roi is a play by French writer Alfred Jarry. The production’s single public performance baffled and offended audiences with its absurd unruliness and obscenity.

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“Ubu Roi” stands as an unparalleled theatrical masterpiece, a revolutionary creation born from the brilliant mind of Alfred Jarry when he was just fifteen years old. Emerging onto the Parisian stage in 1896, this daring work shattered conventions, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of theater.

A cornerstone of “Ubu Roi” lies in its audacious protagonist, Pere Ubu, a grotesque figure embodying the darkest facets of human nature. With an insatiable thirst for power and wealth, Ubu embarks on a relentless pursuit of dominance, leaving chaos and devastation in his wake. From his absurd rise to the Polish throne to his bloody reign as king, Ubu’s escapades serve as a biting satire of authority and the human condition.

However, “Ubu Roi” transcends mere political commentary; it delves into the very essence of existence. Through its surreal narrative, Jarry challenges traditional dramatic conventions, blurring the lines between comedy and tragedy, reason and madness. With its nonsensical language, grotesque imagery, and visceral physicality, the play invites audiences to confront life’s absurdities and revel in its chaos.

Perhaps most remarkable is the enduring impact of “Ubu Roi” as a catalyst for artistic revolution. The play paved the way for generations of avant-garde artists, inspiring movements such as Dadaism and Surrealism, and leaving an indelible mark on experimental theater. Its influence transcends boundaries, resonating across artistic mediums and enduring as a testament to Jarry’s audacious vision.

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Ubu Roi


Dover Publications Inc.


Alfred Jarry

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ISBN/EAN        9780486426877