Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Watchfiends and Rack Screams: Works from the Final Period” as Want to Read:
Watchfiends and Rack Screams: Works from the Final Period
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Watchfiends and Rack Screams: Works from the Final Period

by
4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  211 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This is the first new English language anthology of Artaud's writing in nearly twenty years, and reflects an increased interest in his late work (a show of Artaud's visual art from this period was on view at MOMA throughout 19961). Clayton Eshleman's translations have won widespread acclaim, including a National Book Award. Now in its second printing.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Exact Change (first published 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Watchfiends and Rack Screams, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Watchfiends and Rack Screams

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 618)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jamie Cooper
Mar 19, 2010 Jamie Cooper rated it it was amazing
Who am I?
Where do I come from?
I am Antonin Artaud
and if I say it
as I know how to say it
immediately
you will see my present body
fly into pieces
and under ten thousand
notorious aspects
a new body
will be assembled
in which you will never again
be able
to forget me.
tout
Aug 31, 2014 tout rated it really liked it
Shelves: poesy
From the thin line between genius and madness that Artaud had often walked enigmatically, he appears to have left the line completely during this period, in the process of becoming "suicided by society", meditating on alchemy, and myth, Nerval's hanging himself by street lamp being more than just a bit foretelling. He never ceases, though, in being both a genius and mad.

"There is no inside, no spirit, outside or consciousness, nothing but
the body as it may be seen, a body that does not cease b
...more
Sara
The introduction and notes helped a lot when reading this. I always think when it comes to 'madman'/surrealist writing it's a lot like poking tea leaves to see what symbols mean anything to you. There were some passages that didn't make any sense to me, I saw nothing in them, etc, but sections like Alienation & Black, latter half of Here Lies and To Have Judgement With God, etc were particularly 'wow' provoking. The whole book is like poking through smoking entrails of some wild animal (to s ...more
Steven Logan
May 21, 2016 Steven Logan rated it really liked it
This confuses the hell out of me, and I'm thankful for that.
Milton
Jan 24, 2015 Milton rated it really liked it
Shelves: crazy-shit
Now this is some crazy shit
Hypocrite Lecteur
Sep 15, 2015 Hypocrite Lecteur rated it really liked it
"Et ce fut toujours vidange pour ange."
M.
Mar 21, 2009 M. rated it it was amazing
Artaud is incredible. There is no way about it. I love him. His work throughout his entire life is perfect. I love him. My only complaint is that a lot of the free-form/"poetry" stuff here is stuff I would be actually interested in looking at the original French of too, but it for some reason only 3 of the works in here are offered bi-lingual? I don't really understand why either. Either way, this is an excellent collection.
Benjamin
Jan 27, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
My advise is be in a good place mentally before reading this. Otherwise, intensely compelling.
kate
Dec 30, 2009 kate rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
i liked some of it.

i read the french version of each poem wherever it was available because i liked it better.
Michelle Johnson
Nov 10, 2009 Michelle Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: assigned
Assigned for Poetry for Majors, SP09, Johannes Goransson
Aslı Can
Aslı Can marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2016
Tim
Tim rated it really liked it
Aug 19, 2016
Apursansar
Apursansar rated it really liked it
Aug 17, 2016
Anca
Anca marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Ozlem Ozkal
Ozlem Ozkal marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2016
Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2016
Cincinnatus
Cincinnatus rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2016
flotsam
flotsam rated it it was amazing
Aug 06, 2016
Victor
Victor marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2016
JTR
JTR rated it it was amazing
Jul 17, 2016
Ryan McGonigle
Ryan McGonigle marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2016
Nicole
Nicole added it
Jul 11, 2016
Mahak
Mahak added it
Jul 08, 2016
S. M.
S. M. added it
Jul 04, 2016
Clare Robson
Clare Robson marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2016
Ryan O'Guinn
Ryan O'Guinn marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2016
Cheri Linton
Cheri Linton marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2016
Gintarė
Gintarė marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2016
Steven
Steven marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 21 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sightings in cool places #SOAFX 1 6 Nov 30, 2012 12:13AM  
  • The Impossible
  • Recollections of the Golden Triangle
  • The Random House Book of 20th Century French Poetry
  • How I Wrote Certain of My Books
  • The Automatic Message: The Magnetic Fields / The Immaculate Conception
  • Oulipo Compendium
  • Darkness Moves: An Henri Michaux Anthology, 1927-1984
  • Adventures in 'Pataphysics
  • Essential Poems and Writings of Robert Desnos
  • Selected Poems
  • Complete Poems
  • Selected Poems
  • The Book of Masks: An Anthology of French Symbolist & Decadent Writing (Atlas Arkhive, #2)
  • The Nature of Things
  • Aurélia and Other Writings
  • The Ship
  • Death to the Pigs and Other Writings
  • The Book of Questions: Volume I [I. The Book of Questions, II. The Book of Yukel, III. Return to the Book]
23378
Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud, was a French playwright, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director.

Considered among the most influential figures in the evolution of modern drama theory, Antonin Artaud associated himself with Surrealist writers, artists, and experimental theater groups in Paris during the 1920s.

When political differences resulted in his break from th
...more
More about Antonin Artaud...

Share This Book



“... not once more will/I be found with beings/who swallowed the rail of life//And one day I found myself with beings/who swallowed the nail of life/-as soon as I lost my matrix mamma,//and the being twisted under him,/and god poured me back to her/(the motherfucker)...” 14 likes
“All writing is pigshit.” 4 likes
More quotes…