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Opium: The Diary of His Cure

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From one of France's greatest literary artists comes this thrilling nonfiction account of drug addiction and the cure

Perhaps Jean Cocteau's most celebrated piece of nonfiction, this a truly gripping account of his drug addiction and cure, more than worthy of comparison with De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater. The masterly illustrations also contained in this handso
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1930)
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When Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923) died of typhoid fever contracted during an African trip with Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), Cocteau was inconsolable. Eventually he resorted to opium to find some relief and became addicted. This addiction continued for several years, weakening and enervating him. Nonetheless, he managed to write Les enfants terribles and La voix humaine, among others, during this time. But it was making him ill, and he decided to place himself in physicians' hands in order to kick t ...more
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikki Sixx - fuck him. This is the real drug diary of all drug diaries. Cocteau dealing with his Opium habit. Now that's rock n' roll.
this book is supposed to be a diary of cocteau's cure from opium addiction. first of all, it is not really a diary. rather it is a series of musings, most of which are only a short paragraph long, many of which have nothing to do with opium. for example, he talks about other french writers such as proust and roussell, and the russian film director eisenstein, and while these asides are interesting, they have nothing to do with the supposed subject at hand.he also has, in fact, almost nothing to ...more
Lukáš Palán
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, top-2018
Opiju se? Neopiju se? Tot otazka, kterou jsem si za zivot nikdy polozil - vzdy jsem se totiz opil bez dovoleni. Francouzsky bagetolog Honza Kokta to mel podobne, akorat se opijel opijem.

O tom jak moc se zkouril pise v teto knizce, kde placa pate pres devate, od Fantomase az po osud divadla. Ja mluvim velmi podobne kdyz opium se, takze mu zcela rozumim. Treba tudle nedavno jsem mluvil se znamym o kolonialni Angole a az kdyz mi neodpovidal jsem si vsiml, ze je to lampa. Jiz o tom tez pisu denik,
Στην πραγματικότητα 3,5 τα αστέρια. Το όπιο είναι το ημερολόγιο της αποτοξίνωσης του Κοκτό. Τώρα αν περιμένεις τους 10 χρυσούς κανόνες προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση, ετοιμάσου να απογοητευτείς πλήρως. Αν και κατά την ταπεινή μου άποψη, στην περίληψή του το βιβλίο δεν υπόσχεται κάτι τέτοιο. Συνεπώς, ουδείς αναγνώστης δεν θα έπρεπε να έχει τέτοιου είδους προσδοκίες.
Όπως αναφέρεται και στην εισαγωγή του, το όπιο δεν διαβάζεται εύκολα γιατί (προφανώς) δεν γράφτηκε και εύκολα. Ο Κοκτό συνδέει εντελώς παρα
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svíčková
Zápisky a kresby pořízené během léčby ze závislosti na opiu. Jean Cocteau byl francouzský univerzální umělec počátku 20. století, který psal, divadloval, filmoval, maloval, fetoval a prcal Jeana Maraise a tak dále pana krále. Srovnatelný je snad z našich luhů a hájů jedině František Ringo Čech a Vladimír Šmicer.

Ze zápisků jsem si vzal ponaučení, že opium je čokoládová fontána plná krásných nahých buchtiček, který se tam cákaj, zatímco jejich jednorožcci čekají poslušně uvázaný k duhám z marcipán
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
"Un stil care sa nu se nasca decat dintr-o sectiune taiata prin mine, dintr-o incremenire a gandului prin trecerea brutala de la interior la exterior. Cu aceea oprire naucita a taurului cand iese in arena. Sa-ti expui fantomele tasnirii unei fantani impietritoare, sa nu inveti sa migalesti obiecte ingenioase, ci sa impietresti din zbor orice lucru inform care iese din tine. Sa dai volum conceptelor".

Ce diferenta de viziune asupra actului creator fata de scriitorii contemporani.
Simona Friuli
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cocteau: figlio di Baudelaire, fratello di Bataille! Una sviscerazione elegante, sempre seducente, dell'oppio come Paradiso Artificiale - forse semplicisticamente: ma sempre di escapismo si tratta! Una lettura ipnotica, a cui mi sono affezionata - come mi sono affezionata a Jean: affinità elettive? - che mi è spiaciuto terminare.
Branden William
Jean Cocteau's 'Opium: The Diary of a Cure' is a word montage of opium-riddled epigrams, in the style of Oscar Wilde. Contrary to the run-of-the-mill memoirs of a drug-addled dabbler, Cocteau paints a portrait that only a poet can draw. The Opium diaries being a microcosm of Cocteau, many of his favorite themes recur within these pages, as well as reminiscent friendships with French artists such as Raymond Roussel and Luis Buñuel. Cocteau evokes similarities to Thomas De Quincy's 'Confessions of ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Wisdom is to be mad when circumstances are worthwhile"

"One more thing still delights me and takes me back instantaneously back to childhood: Thunder. A thunderstorm assured a house full of people, a fire, games,a day that was intimate without deserters. It is undoubtedly the old sensation of intimacy that governs the delight I feel when I listen to thunder"

A serious of different texts combined into what was meant to be a journal of a Cure to an Opium addiction, it is rather intriguing how we se
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Očekávala jsem lehké odpočinkové a mírně bizarní čtení a netušila jsem přitom, jak důležité se pro mě tyto zápisky později stanou. Rozhodně bych to nenazvala jako nějakou přelomovou, osudovou knihu celé společnosti, to ne. Není to nic víc, než se píše - deník jedné detoxikace. Útržkovité poznámky, které mě až místy zarážely, jak moc se často podobají těm mým. Není to žádná snaha o vyburcování toho, jak je opium špatné, jak je detoxikace nutná, nebo její podrobné líčení. Někdy až naopak. Není v t ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

" pisac vezhba svoj duh. takav trening skoro da ne dopushta bilo kakvo bavljenje sportskim aktivnostima. on zahteva patnju, padove, lenjost, slabost, neuspehe, zamor, zhalost, nesanicu - vezhbu suprotnu od one koja snazhi telo.

pitam se kako ljudi mogu da pishu knjige o zhivotu pesnika, kada ni sami pesnici ne bi mogli da pishu o sopstvenom zhivotu. u njemu je suvishe tajne, suvishe istinitih lazhi, sve je suvishe zamrsheno. datumi se preklapaju, godine se brkaju. sneg se topi, stopala dobijaju k
Anja Weber
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not just book about detocsication , it is book about everything, art, imagination, literature and small history of clinic. This maybe best book of Cocteu..because it is result of provocation..I have enjoyed in each page..If you exspect to read about real purification you would not find this..this is book about addiction in positive sense..But really zou should not try opium to be such writer..Coctault was unic for his time..and period as personality..Opium was a part of mazbe experiment..e ...more
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journal-diary
In addition to Cocteau’s insights into the logic of opium and addiction, there are passages on filmmaker Luis Buñuel, on Sigmund Freud, on dreams, on surrealist coincidences. The book includes, surprisingly, a series of amusing anecdotes about dogs.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On ne parle pas beaucoup d'opium dans ce livre,pas mal de choses inintéressante ,beaucoup de poétique et heureusement tellement bien ecrit
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drugs, nonfiction
Eh... perhaps I'm being a bit unfair. Largely an endless stream of short observations about opium, along with asides about the artistic milieu of Cocteau, of which I don't know much and don't much care. Occasional interesting nuggets, not enough to make it juicy reading for me.

The opium parts would be better suited as a tweet-storm than as a book.

Jose Nacho
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo mejor que e leído este año
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnifique ouvrage, particulièrement poignant !

Journal sur une habitude malsaine, l'Opium.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-i-ve-read
Opium is a very strange book. It’s not just about Cocteau the addict and his journey to be cured. It’s more about the journey of the artist, the artist’s mind. It shows one way one can surpass the train of life and death and fly on the magic carpet. It’s about life, death, and what’s in between. It shows how writing and drawing and any form of art could be an escape from the pains in the world , the addiction to create, and the disappointment which overwhelms one when they’re no longer able to c ...more
Mateo Espina Mairal
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
Tiene pasajes extraordinarios. El formato de diario es su única limitación lógica, ya que grandes ideas quedan reducidas a cortas frases, aunque estas están cargadas de una letal sutileza. Mi limitación al leerlo? Mi desconocimiento del resto de la obra de Cocteau, asi como mi ignorancia general sobre el paisaje de la vida social en París en los 1920s, ambos factores siendo recurrentes en los pasajes de este diario. Menciona grandes personajes de la época como Picasso, o antiguos amigos como Pro ...more
Sara Gray
I picked this up at a used book sale in Honomu due to it being mentioned many times in Opium Fiend. More of a collection of aphorisms and impressions than a straight-ahead story or essay, this memoir was a mixed bag. The parts about opium were interesting enough, but there were many more parts about Cocteau's theories about aesthetics and French literature, all of which did just as good a job as opium would have at putting me to sleep.
Jul 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
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Jun 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The experience of Cocteau’s recovery from opium addiction in 1929, what sometimes remarks on his current thoughts about other people and things in his world. His descriptions and criticisms include references to his own works or to the climate of the period and offer a stunning look at his own thoughts in this extraordinary moment. It was a brilliand read…
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
"El decir a un fumador en estado continuo de euforia que se está degradando equivale a decirle a un pedazo de mármol que está siendo deteriorado por Miguel Ángel, a un pedazo de tela que está siendo manchado por Rafael, a una hoja de papel que está siendo emborronada por Shakespere o al silencio que está siendo interrumpido por Bach."

Cristina Valerevna
Descoperind personalitatea lui Cocteau in aceste pagini, e imposibil sa ramai indiferent fata de acest geniu al artei. Totusi mi-as fi dorit mai mult de la acest jurnal, mi se pare putin fragmentar. Abunda in cugetari despre scriitorii pe care ii citeste, despre creatie si revolutionarea acesteia. Despre efectele Opiumului si despre sentimentele sale scrie mai putin.
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an amazing diary of recovery from Opium addiction. Cocteau's writings about his recovery and the drawings in the book are simply stunning. I enjoyed this book. This is one of Cortazar's favorite books.
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch
Mar 13, 2010 marked it as curious-about  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: texts-sought

Cannot find a copy; also would like verification this is essentially the same as "Opium: The Diary of an Addict" translated by Ernest Boyd and published by Longmans, Green & Co. of New York.

Pete daPixie
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Can't review this one really, it's just too long ago when I read the book. It's just that this is one I can remember reading.
I think I was smoking the same cigarettes as Jean at the time. Can't remember if my copy was illustrated?
m. soria
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yeah, i'm pretty sure this book would be of no use actually quitting heroine, but cocteau is an amazing artist.
Elsa Padrón Serrano
I can't really rate it, but I thought it was very interesting and I personally enjoyed it very much.
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical a ...more

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