Joko fête son anniversaire

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Roland Topor

1969

Book, 18.5 x 12.2 cm, 156 p., language : French, publisher : Éditions Buchet/Chastel, Paris.
Materials: Ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/148).

Literary synopsis

One day, en route to work, Joko is jumped by a man who wants to piggyback Joko as if he were a taxi. This is his first encounter with seven otherworldly characters who are visiting his town for a convention. Joko and his colleagues at the Reservoir start to transport Wanda, Sir Barnett, Pozzi, Professor Krank, Pan Ton, Gunnar Ader and Doctor Fersen around the city ... One afternoon, while Joko is being straddled by Sir Barnett, he faints and falls. When he wakes up he finds that he has ‘fused‘ with Sir Barnett at his back, as if they were glued together. Their skins have been grafted together where they touch when piggybacking. ... One by one, Wanda, Pozzi, Professor Krank, Pan Ton, Gunnar Ader and Doctor Fersen come to his room and they all fuse to the body of Joko. Meanwhile, Joko, is being maltreated by his ‘parasites‘ and they proceed by killing his two sisters, his mother and father. Before they die however, his mother and father succeed in killing all of the seven parasites with an axe. ... However, it appears that the creatures have found a place inside his body. He is the host to the seven bodies who each in turn commit terrible atrocities when being in control of his body. Joko decides to kill himself, without success however and while he and his body survive, the parasites inside him die and start to spread a stench after a week or so.

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Absurdist, Comedy, Horror.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Death, Exploitation, Violence.

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