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Messianic madman, founder of the Theater of Cruelty (a limiting misnomer), Antonin Artaud's most immediate impact was on Genet, Brecht, Beckett etc. But he continually searched for a suprareality far older & larger than the state of "conscious chaos" & triviality he saw in modern times. In this small book, based on a journey in the mountains of Mexico to an ...more
Published January 1st 1975 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (NY) (first published 1945)
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Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Artaud. I went to a movie about Collette, an erotic author who 'studied' w/ Artaud. A woman I knew was there, She sd something like "Who was that asshole?" - referring to Artaud in a scene where he drilled "The Theater of Cruelty" into Collette. Ah, yes.. another reminder of the dominance of 'merican ignorance. Who, indeed, was "that asshole"? Uh, someone associated w/ Surrealism, an influential poet & playwright, an actor in both a movie about Joan of Arc & one about Napoleon - y'know? ...more
Aslı Can
Tanıdığım Antonin Artaud'dan farklıydı bu kitaptaki. Yine çok coşkulu ama farklı bi şekilde.

Kitabının basılması için yayıncıyı ikna etmeye çalıştığı mektupları da yer alıyor kitapta, üzücü oldu benim için okumak.
Artaud, one of the first surrealist writers, coming from the Dada movement, takes a journey to Mexico to experience first hand the rites of Ciguri. The rites often use the cactus-based hallucinogen peyote. His ideas go from anthropological to philosophical to just plain weird as he debates whether these are the Atlantians Plato spoke of.

This is an essential read for those wanting to catch up on early drug history, being one of the first written accounts of peyote usage.

I was disappointed that
Ian Forsyth
Guess I was looking for that same vital piercing style that makes up a majority of the City Light's Artaud Anthology, which there's glimpses of here but overall the tone is much different and he's very obsessed with Jesus and God at one point, of course in a different context but unlike his other work. Best part is when he defends the peyote ritual of the Tarahumara against the governmental forces attempting to restrict it.
"The trouble is that when they have taken Peyote, they no longer obey
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Max (a fellow Goodreads) brought this book to my attention. I never had a copy and it's very difficult to find even via the Internet - but I read a library edition some years ago and it is a really remarkable travel journal. Artaud is one-of-a-kind-genius.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fue una mañana de domingo cuando el anciano jefe indio me abrió la conciencia con una cuchillada entre el corazón y el bazo: «Tenga confianza», me dijo, «no tenga miedo, que no le haré ningún daño», y se apresuró a retroceder tres o cuatro pasos y, tras hacer que su espada describiese un círculo en el aire por el pomo y hacia atrás, se precipitó sobre mí, apuntándome y con toda su fuerza, como si quisiera exterminarme, pero la punta de la espada apenas me tocó la piel y sólo brotó una gotita de ...more
Daniel Alvarez
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antonin Artaud se adentró tres meses en la sierra con el único fin de entender todoa la cosmogonía de los Tarahumaras. En este libro desde mi opinión es una mezcla del pensamiento que tuvo Artaud en ese contacto con los Tarahumara, asi como breves explicaciones de los ritos que ellos realizaban(La Danza del Peyote)
Erik Graff
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artaud fans, psychonauts
Recommended to Erik by: Karen Engdahl
Shelves: religion
I had heard of Artaud and his theatre of cruelty, but had never read him, finding the surrealists, dadaists and their ilk not to my taste. A book about peyote and a traditional peyote religion, however, was a different matter. While staying with friends in Springfield, Vermont, I borrowed this book from their library, reading it on their front porch and at the local cafe.

The book is only glancingly about the Mexican peyote cult and the people who practice it. The book is more about Artaud and
Matthew Ford
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recall the first half of this book as highly thought provoking and lucid. It has a few slow bits but overall the information Artaud presents feels invaluable. Highly recommended if the topic interests you.
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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 him breaking from