By Alphonse Allais
Alphonse Allais se considérait comme un auteur pour commis voyageurs.
On n'a cessé de colporter ses bons mots, du calembour épais (Monsieur Lecoq-Hue) aux réflexions cyniques ( à los angeles suite d'une chute de cheval, j'avais perdu tout sens ethical ), en passant par les considérations absurdes : Angéline rappelait d'une façon frappante l. a. Vierge à los angeles chaise de Raphaël, moins l. a. chaise . C'était pourtant un grand écrivain qui créait à chaque rapid (Jules Renard).
André Breton a rendu justice à son humour noir , tandis qu'Umberto Eco l'a étudié comme l'un des maîtres du récit. En publiant A se tordre, son most advantageous recueil, une assortment de classiques le fait entrer dans le Panthéon des Lettres et le consacre superior comique du XIXe siècle.
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Anyone who moves, I'll shoot! There's his mother, sir. And there he himself is ! COMMISSIONER : I am here to search your house, Pavel Vlassov. Ah, but what kind of a lousy bunch is this to be mixed up with? POLICEMAN : This one here is the sister of Sidor Kalatov who we arrested early today. all right. These are the right ones, MASHA : What have you done with my brother? COMMISSIONER : Your brother conveys his best wishes; we have him. Momentarily he preaches revolution to the 44 I Bertolt Brecht bedbugs and is enjoying a large congregation.
Cook, oh so carefully put your best into it If the kopeks are lacking your soup will still be water. Work hard; just as hard as you can, economize, deposit your pennies tally them ever so carefully! If the kopeks are lacking it won't help. * The song texts here and following are not adjusted to the score composed for the play by Hanns Eis ler . Excellent as that music is, those acquaint ed with it wil l know how indebted are its rhythms and phrasings to the original German text. An English that fits the Eisler mus ic often scans awkwardly on the pa ge.
PAVE L : About five hundred. IVAN : I 47 Who will hand them out? ANTON : It's the tum of Pavel today. THE MOTHER beckons IVAN over to her. THE MOTHER : Who is supposed to hand out leaflets? IVAN : Pavel. But it's not so dangerous. It's not dangerous! You want to send Pavel and you tell him it's not dangerous. THE MOTHER : IVAN : It's necessary. THE MOTHER : It's necessary! The reading of books and coming home late is what begins it. Then there's working here in the house, with machines that have to be hung outside the window.
À se tordre by Alphonse Allais