Autograph letter signed "antonin artaud" to his sister marie-ange malausséna espalion, on April 11, 1946, 4 pages in-8 trace of period fold, very small spots. Terrible artaud's letter reflecting his deep addiction to drugs."My dear bride angel, do not be surprised at what I have asked you: I repeat to you that I have suffered to Saint. In March 1938 in the service of the doctor nodet a poisoning with prussian acid which left me with a terrible pulmonary and cardiac suffocation and something like a decay of tissues. This explains my choking, rheumatism and side stitches, then I almost can't see it anymore and I was forced to have your last letter read by someone. The cure would have been heroin at high doses. High-dose heroin does not cause substance abuse when it is of good quality. I have studied all this and I know about all these things from experience things that doctors mould in their conformism do not know. But it's a cure you can't have without breaking the laws. So while waiting for the time of the apocalypse when the world will be overturned I asked you for these tablets containing codeine. Fame syrup contains but in infinitesimal doses, the tablets also. I found a specialty that contains more, 1 centigr [amme] per tablet but there is with bromoform that does not succeed me because it numbs the brain by drying out the typhoid body. So I asked George if he couldn't find me a number of codeine tablets.
A hundred is a remedy that acts a little like heroin, but less strong, and so far does not come under a regulatory ban. I explained all this to your mother in a letter, ask her to tell you about it. If George doesn't find anything, send me five tubes of codoform, I'll send you a warrant. Because I found money, several betting painters, picasso, braque, giacometti, gruber, want to make an auction to buy me 5 or 600 thousand francs.
[he adds] the tablets and syrup have not yet reached me." Antonin artaud arrived in Rodez in 1943 under the supervision of the ferdière doctor, head of the psychiatric hospital parraire, then known as the "departmental asylum of aliens".
In the midst of delusions and hallucinations, artaud was interned there for several years and would continue to undergo electroshocks despite his numerous refusals to this devastating therapy. Under the constant influence of drugs and, when there is no access, high-dose drugs, he will continue to ask his sister-in-law and brother-in-law for them.
Artaud indicated on April 11. However, as the letter was sent from espalion, it must have been wrong to enter the calendar; it must have been written on 10 April. Indeed, since the administrative difficulties had multiplied with a view to its final release on 10 April, at the end of the afternoon, the ferdière doctor sent the car of the psychiatric hospital with two nurses to return immediately antonin artaud to rodez. He stated that he had returned brusqué to colette thomas in a letter dated 10 April, which was inserted in suppôts et supplications. He referred at the beginning of the letter to the doctor nodet of the psychiatric hospital saint-anne; this one would say d'artaud in 1938: syncretic megalomania: part in irland with the cane of confucius and the cane of st patrick.
Drug addiction for 5 years (heroine, cocaine, laudanum). Literary pretensions may be justified within the limit where delirium can serve as inspiration. Artaud writes "your mother" at the end of the letter: it is not a lapsus. At the same time that he had rejected any religion, he had rejected the very idea of family and did not recognize himself as mother, sister, brother, or any kinship.
From there too the abandonment of tutement. Thanks to the mobilization of his friends, notably of marthe robert and arthur adamov, antonin artaud manages to leave rodez and settles at the house of health of drunky, then led by dr.
He can then enjoy all his freedom there. An auction is well organized for her during the year 46 thanks to the support committee of the friends of artaud antonin, chaired by Jean Paulhan, and of which Jean dubuffet is secretary.
This committee includes arthur adamov, balthus, jean-louis barrault, andré gide, pierre loeb, pablo picasso and henri thomas. Complete openings, volume xi p. This item is in the category "collections\letters, old papers\autographs\others". The seller is "laurent-autographs" and is located in this country: fr.
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