This was the world premiere for Alexander Panas's look at seminal theater theorist Antonin Artaud Committed to an insane asylum in Rodez, France, Artaud spent dearly a decade there undergoing regular shock treatments that completely destroyed his health. Panas shows a man with violent mood swings and uncontrolled libido but one who is also a victim of overzealous therapy and nonstop predatory sexual taunting. The only problem is that Artaud's brash creativity is nowhere to be seen here, unless two interludes suggesting his memories of peyote rituals among the indigenous Mexican Tarahumara tribe are counted.
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Item : We're sorry, this item has been sold. Small square quarto, original stiff yellow wrappers, uncut and unopened. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Limited first edition, number of copies, with the printed signature of Antonin Artaud on the limitation page, published only one year before his death, with five poems and eight full-page lithographs after original drawings by the controversial poet and director.
Containing five poems that include writings from his hospitalization, and eight full-page lithographs after original drawings by Artaud. One of copies printed on Johannot paper and numbered from from a total limitation of 20 copies withheld from sale, 30 on Lana rag paper, 5 with an original drawing. Text in French. As issued without dust jacket. Mahaffey, Text and illustrations fine, lightest edge-wear to fragile original wrappers.
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ARTAUD, LE MOMO
For those susceptible to the romance of madness, the essential sanity of the written word is a tragedy. Perhaps literature is not the only art to suffer from the rationality that form and meanings impose, but it does seem at a peculiar disadvantage, even when it comes to the works of those practitioners who were themselves inarguably mad. The fiction Philip K. Maybe literature, the reading of which involves deciphering a series of symbolic equations, simply cannot escape an intrinsically argumentative, demonstrative quality. Or maybe one must simply give way to the heartbreaking truth that battiness is banal—no more, no less. The crazy are as bourgeois, as irremediably earthbound as the rest of us.
Artaud Le Momo
Artaud was diagnosed with meningitis at age five, a disease which had no cure at the time. He was discharged due to addiction to laudanum and mental instability. In March , Artaud moved to Paris to pursue a career as a writer against his father's wishes. Artaud came to disagree with many of Dullin's teachings. Intonation is found within oneself and pushed out with the burning power of feeling, not achieved through imitation". Artaud cultivated a great interest in cinema as well, working as a critic, actor, and writing film scenarios.