Fall 1958 • Vol. XX No. 4 Book Reviews |

The Other Language

BOOKS Mary Hivnor THE OTHER LANGUAGE THE THEATRE AND ITS DOUBLE. By Antonin Artaud. Grove Press. $1.95. B Y THE YEAR of his death Antonin Artaud was already a mysterious figure in the French theatre, not widely discussed, but mentioned with awe as a sort of mad pilgrim, a man of secret powers transmitted to the sophisticated through code. In reading this collection of essays you realize that he was of that generation which experienced surrealism, automatic writing, the beginnings of film, the revival of mime, the oriental theatre, the Marx brothers. The fact that he was also under the strong influence of narcotics, some variety of which must both stimulate and confuse, put him even more in the center of these impressions. In The Theatre and its Double, his concepts are so violent, or so violently expressed, that the effect is as a shock treatment. As in oriental acupuncture, he knew exactly at what point to prick the French theatre to throw it into convulsions,-it's point of vanity,

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