Antonin Artaud

(1896-1948 / France)

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Antonin Artaud (September 4, 1896, in Marseille – March 4, 1948 in Paris) was a French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director. Antonin is a diminutive form of Antoine "little Anthony", and was among a list of names which Artaud used throughout his writing career. more »

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  • ''It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Appeal to Youth: In...
  • ''Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. Susan Sont...
  • ''So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: T...
  • Ah! How neatly tied, in these people, is the umbilical cord of morality! Since they left their mothers they have never sinned, have they? They are apostles, they are the descendants of priests; one ca...
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: T...
  • ''Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: T...
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Jardin Noir

Spin the eddies of the sky inside these black petals.
Shadows have covered the earth that bears us.
Open a pathway to the plough amongst your stars.
Enlighten us, escort us with your host,
Silver legions, on the mortal course
Which we strive towards at the core of night.

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