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D’un voyage au pays des Tarahumaras Artaud received a grant to travel to Mexico where he met his first Mexican Parisian friend the Painter Federico Cantú in 1936 when he gave lectures on the decadence of Western civilization He also studied and lived with the Tarahumaran people and experimented with peyote recording his experiences which were later released in a volume called Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumara The content of this work closely resembles the poems of his later days concerned primarily with the supernatural Artaud also recorded his horrific withdrawal from heroin upon entering the land of the Tarahumaras; having deserted his last supply of the drug at a mountainside he literally had to be hoisted onto his horse and soon resembled in his words a giant inflamed gum Artaud would return to opiates later in life

  • Hardcover
  • 105 pages
  • D’un voyage au pays des Tarahumaras
  • Antonin Artaud
  • English
  • 28 November 2016
  • 9780374230906

About the Author: Antonin Artaud

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud better known as Antonin Artaud was a French playwright poet essayist actor and theatre directorConsidered 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



9 thoughts on “D’un voyage au pays des Tarahumaras

  1. tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE says:

    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? Not uite yr ordinary guy A guy who visited the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico in 1936 to participate in their Peyote rituals I've taken peyote It's an important thing to do ONE THINKS LIKE A PLANT under its influence I put down roots Artaud was an explorer of outer fringes of human consciousness He probably wasn't the easiest guy to get along w But he was THERE when the rest of the idiotic bourgeois world was NOWHERESVILLE On the back of this bk it's called Anthropology that's true enuf I call it Philosophy here That's true enuf too Like so much that I'm interested in it's not so easy to say its one thing or another Artaud was alive at his own risk Beyond that who's to say?

  2. Ian Ian says:

    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 itThe trouble is that when they have taken Peyote they no longer obey usThey are abusing it in order to reach that point of disorderly intoxication in which the soul is no longer subject to anythingOne can draw magical powers from the contempt they have for civilization

  3. Aslı Can Aslı Can says:

    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

  4. Trent Trent says:

    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 he didn't describe his experience with the peyote it was much about the tribe and their beliefs surrounding the use of the cactus button Still a fun read for those interested in stepping outside the norm and experiencing third hand? the rituals involved in these sacred rites His prose is among the best I've read from the surrealists at least in translation and I look forward to of his worksThree day trip wow

  5. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    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 cafeThe book is only glancingly about the Mexican peyote cult and the people who practice it The book is about Artaud and about what he experienced under the influence of the cactus taken up as grist for his mill He definitely had a recognizably psychedelic experience but the book was too idiosyncratic to promise much to readers interested in than just another example of the phenomenology of the drug and perhaps this essay's influence on the book and movie Altered States

  6. Tosh Tosh says:

    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

  7. Cobertizo Cobertizo says:

    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 ue no le haré ningún daño» y se apresuró a retroceder tres o cuatro pasos y tras hacer ue 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 uisiera exterminarme pero la punta de la espada apenas me tocó la piel y sólo brotó una gotita de sangre— No noté dolor alguno pero sí ue tuve la impresión de despertar a algo respecto de lo cual hasta entonces había yo sido un mal nacido y estaba mal orientado y me sentí colmado por una luz ue nunca había poseído — Pasaron algunos días y una mañana al amanecer entré en relación con los sacerdotes del Tutuguri y dos días después pude por fin unirme al Ciguri

  8. Daniel Alvarez Daniel Alvarez says:

    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 ue tuvo Artaud en ese contacto con los Tarahumara asi como breves explicaciones de los ritos ue ellos realizabanLa Danza del Peyote

  9. Matthew Ford Matthew Ford says:

    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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