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Mad Like Artaud

2015
Author:

Sylvère Lotringer
Translated by Joanna Spinks
Distributed for Univocal Publishing 

Mad Like Artaud

Exploring madness, in and around the work of Antonin Artaud

Madness, like the plague, is contagious, and everyone who gets close to Antonin Artaud, seems to participate in his delirium. Sylvère Lotringer explores various embodiments of this shared delirium through what Artaud called “mental dramas”—a series of confrontations with his witnesses or “persecutors” where we uncover the raw delirium at work, even in Lotringer himself.

A fascinating book, and truly a superbly written one as well.

The Wonderful World of TamTam Books

Those who are mad like Antonin Artaud, are they just as mad as he was? Madness, like the plague, is contagious, and everyone, from his psychiatrists to his disciples, family, and critics, everyone who gets close to Artaud, seems to participate in his delirium. Sylvère Lotringer explores various embodiments of this shared delirium through what Artaud called “mental dramas”—a series of confrontations with his witnesses or “persecutors” where we uncover the raw delirium at work, even in Lotringer himself. Mad Like Artaud does not intend to add one more layer of commentary to the bitter controversies that have been surrounding the cursed poet’s work since his death in 1948, nor does it take sides among the different camps who are still haggling over his corpse. This book speaks of the site where “madness” itself is simmering.

Mad Like Artaud

Sylvère Lotringer, cultural critic and philosopher, is credited for introducing French theory in America.

Joanna Spinks is a translator and theater director living in Massachusetts.

Mad Like Artaud

A fascinating book, and truly a superbly written one as well.

The Wonderful World of TamTam Books