Antonin Artaud: Man of Vision

Antonin Artaud: Man of Vision

Antonin Artaud: Man of Vision

Antonin Artaud: Man of Vision

Synopsis

The extraordinary actor director writer who developed his talent for self-torture into art to become one of the most vital creative forces of the century."

Excerpt

This is a book which is essential to a deeper knowledge of Antonin Artaud's work. Too little has been available in translation from the seven volume anthology of his works. Too much emphasis has been placed on the sensational aspects of his own life dramatization, on his madness. At last Dr. Bettina Knapp has given us a balanced analysis, interpretation and biography of Artaud, blending her familiarity with French literature, French theatre with an acute psychological insight and a woman's natural gift for interrelating the work and the human being, thus bringing us closer to his inferno with more empathy.

The total work of Artaud is impressive. In ancient times insanity was considered a possession by the spirits, and was believed to give access to intuitions which were denied to ordinary men. How the madness influenced Artaud positively and negatively Bettina Knapp measures with sensitive scales. There is in this book the rare awareness that when a man is cut off from ordinary life he is more intensely connected with his subconscious forces. His vision into new forms, new poetry, new theatre, new cinema, was unhampered by restrictions, conventionalities, hypocrisies, the fear and pettiness of men concerned with their own survival in society. Artaud took all the risks, took a perilous journey for us, and added to this the contemporary gift of keen awareness:

"Artaud's understanding of his mental state, the accuracy and technical exactitude with which he described it, the objectivity in . . .

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