Artaud 1937 apocalypse : letters from Ireland by Antonin Artaud 14 August to 21 September 1937

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Artaud, Antonin, 1896-1948 author

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  • Creator prefaced by The new revelations of being manifesto text: June 1937 ; translated and edited by Stephen Barber, with an afterword
  • Format Books
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  • Publication Zurich : Diaphanes, [2019]
  • Physical Details
    • 76 pages ; 19 cm
  • ISBNs 3035801533, 9783035801538
  • OCLC on1076801097


  • Antonin Artaud's journey to Ireland in 1937 marked an extraordinary--and apocalyptic--turning point in his life and career. After publishing the manifesto The New Revelations of Being about the "catastrophic immediate-future," Artaud abruptly left Paris for Ireland, remaining there for six weeks without money. Traveling first to the isolated island of Inishmore off Ireland's western coast, then to Galway, and finally to Dublin, Artaud was eventually arrested as an undesirable alien, beaten by the police, and summarily deported back to France. On his return, he spent nine years in asylums, remaining there through the entire span of World War II. During his fateful journey, Artaud wrote letters to friends in Paris which included several "magic spells," intended to curse his enemies and protect his friends from the city's forthcoming incineration and the Antichrist's appearance. (To Andr√© Breton, he wrote: "It's the Unbelievable--yes, the Unbelievable--it's the Unbelievable which is the truth.").
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