August 31, 2007

Henri Michaux, Light Through Darkness, Major Ordeals

Someone asked in a comment about the good drug books by Henri Michaux.

Here are two. I'll write about them soon. I always loved the title: The Major Ordeals of the Mind and the Countless Minor Ones.

These are out-of-print so snatch them up if you ever see them. They are both hardcovers. Major Ordeals definitely came out in paperback too, in a 70s Harcourt Psychology series (!) if I remember correctly.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip on Michaux's book. I picked up the 1974 Harcourt Psychology paperback edition (it has wobbly vertical orange lines behind distorted black text--sorry, no scan).

    The first half of this book--dealing with hallucinatory anxieties and thought disruption was superb and often quite funny. I was less intrigued by the descriptions of Michaux's transcendent experiences and his philosophy of four worlds. But, you were right to draw attention to that schizophrenic chair chapter--definitely a memorable bit of writing.

    Thanks again,