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Opium: The Diary of His Cure Paperback – January 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720608007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720608007
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Cocteau is regarded as one of France's greatest men of arts and letters. A multi-faceted talent and a recipient of the Légion d'honneur, he achieved distinction as a poet, playwright, and critic as well as an artist, illustrator, composer, actor, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker. He was the author of La Belle et la Bête, Les Enfants Terribles, and Thomas the Impostor.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Cocteau is a genius. In Opium, Diary of a Cure, he recounts the experience of his recovery from opium addiction in 1929. He gives an account that sometimes touches on his moment to moment experiences of drug withdrawal, sometimes remarks on his current thoughts about other people and things in his world. Since he lived in the world of avante-garde French culture, his comments include Picasso or Satie. His descriptions and criticisms include references to his own works or to the climate of the period and offer a stunning look at his own thoughts in this extraordinary moment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By guest on January 5, 2008
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This was my first experience with Jean Cocteau many years ago. It is a perfect read. This book provides you with a mix of Cocteau's personal history, philosophies, artwork, and overall poetic view of life. This is the best launching point into this well known and complex artist that everyone has heard of but far fewer have experienced.
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even if you never have had anything to do with opium, you would be amazed thrilled and put in a bliss by reading this book.
Cocteau must be one of the greatest individuals of the last century.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cen (of Barbi & Cen) on May 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
regardless of its presentation, this is among his most amazing works. I am not familiar with this edition, so... can someone tell me if the illustrations are included during the text or do they follow the text at the end. the former is preferred. thankyou.
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