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The first volume of the "Collected Works" contains the important correspondence with Jacques Riviere, and Artaud's extraordinary explorations of consciousness and creativity in Umbilico Limbo and Nerve Scales, as well as essays on life and death, suicide, drugs, lunacy, religion and art, poems, manifestos, the terrifying short play Collection of plays, letters, and essays. The first volume of the "Collected Works" contains the important correspondence with Jacques Riviere, and Artaud's extraordinary explorations of consciousness and creativity in Umbilico Limbo and Nerve Scales, as well as essays on life and death, suicide, drugs, lunacy, religion and art, poems, manifestos, the terrifying short play The Spurt of Bloodletters and other material.

This important volume is essential to an understanding of the art and theater of our time and will give endless pleasure and information to its readers. Translated and with an introduction by Victor Corti. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Calder Publications first published More Details Original Title.

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Feb 04, mwpm rated it it was amazing Shelves: plays-screenplays , poetry , surreal-dada , essays-theory. Antonin Artaud, along with Bertolt Brecht, is considered "the leading figure of European theatre in the twentieth century". Indeed, Artaud is "chiefly known in English for his work in the theatre". With the publication of Artaud's Collected Works , in four volumes, English readers have been granted access to the range of Artaud's literary output, which extends well beyond his contributions to the theatre.

The first volume of Artaud's Collected Works is divided into two parts that contain seven wo Antonin Artaud, along with Bertolt Brecht, is considered "the leading figure of European theatre in the twentieth century". Dear Sir, My mental life is completely shot through with petty doubts and unarguably certainties that are expressed in lucid and coherent words.

And my weaknesses are of more trembling texture. They are themselves nebulous and ill-formulated.

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They have live roots, roots of anguish that reach the heart of life. But they have not turmoil of life. One does not feel in them the cosmic afflatus of a soul that has been shaken to its foundations. They are the weaknesses of a mind that have not pondered its weakness; if it had, it would render that weakness in dense and forceful words.

Now suppose that I feel physical the passing of this will, suppose that it shakes me with sudden, unexpected electricity, with repeated electricity. Supposed that each of my pondered instants is on certain shaken by these deep tornadoes which are not betrayed by anything external. And tell me whether any work of literature is compatible with such states. What brain could resist them? What personality would not be dissolved in them?

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If only I had the strength, I would sometimes indulge myself, in thought, in the luxury of subjecting to the mortification of such pressing pain any prominent mind, any writer, young or old, who produces and whose new-born thought carries weight in order to see what remained of him. One must not be to hasty in judging men, one must trust them to the point of absurdity, to their very dregs.

These foolhardy works often seem to you the product of a mind which is not yet in possession of itself and which perhaps never will posses itself, but who knows what brain they conceal, what power of life, what mental fever which circumstances alone have reduced. Enough about myself and about my works that are still unborn. All I ask is to feel my brain. Antonin Artaud - Letter dated 6 June , pg. GIRL [ in a quickened, throbbing voice ]: You love me and everything is fine.

GIRL [ lower still ]: You love me and everything is fine. GIRL [ suddenly turns aside ]: There. I am great, I am lucid, I am full, I am dense. GIRL [ same high-pitched tone ]: We love each other. Ah, what a well-made world. A hurricane comes between them. At that moment two stars collide, and a succession of limbs of flesh fall. Then feet, hands, scalps, masks, colonnades, porticoes, temples, and alembics, falling slower and slower as if through space, then three scorpions one after the other and finally a frog, and a scarab which lands with heart-breaking, nauseating slowness.

Who, in the heart of some anxiety at the bottom of certain dreams, has not know death as a marvelous, disruptive feeling which could never be confused with anything else of a mental order? One must have experienced with this exhausting crescendo of anguish which comes over one in waves and then swells one up as if forced by some unbearable bellows.

Anguish which draws near then withdraws, each time stronger, more ponderous and replete. Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. New other : lowest price. About this product Product Information Drama. Antonin Artaud is one of the two or three most influential innovators of the twentieth century, whose theories and production ideas, along with his writings and plays, have brought a new poetic impulse and dynamic intensity to the stage, replacing the naturalistic theater that preceded his own. In this volume of "Collected Work", we see Artaud's early formulations of his theories on theater in general, and the genesis of the "theatre of cruelty".

In particular, the volume contains the famous manifestos of the revolutionary Alfred Jarry Theatre, productions plans, notes and critical articles. Also included is a series of articles on literature and the plastic arts, written during the same period. The variety and humor of such a wide range of work certainly constitutes a fertile source for those seeking a new approach to theater and its allied arts.

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