"Anyone who recalls Master Rabelais's unsurpassed account of the life and deeds of Gargantua"

    Amongst the many works of French physician and satirical writer François Rabelais (circa 1494-1553) are a series of five novels which chronicle the comically grotesque Life of Gargantua and of Pantagrue, a father-and-son pair of giants.  Freud alludes to a scene in Chapter XVII of the second volume, in which the elder of the two drowns over a quarter-of-a-million inhabitants of Paris with a flood of urine. 


Online edition of François Rabelais' 'Gargantua', as translated by Thomas Urquhart and Peter Antony Motteux, (1534)