Hallucinogenic drug made Jean-Paul Sartre ‘fall in love’ with lobstersNovember 22nd, 2009 - 1:33 pm ICT by ANI
London, November 22 (ANI): A new book has revealed that European thinker Jean-Paul Sartre used to have hallucinations of lobsters, which once even chased him down the Champs Elysées.
New York professor John Gerassi’s book sheds light on the conversation between him and the French philosopher about mescaline, a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
“Yeah, after I took mescaline I started seeing crabs around me all the time,” Timesonline quoted Sartre as telling Gerassi in the book.
He added: “They followed me in the streets, into class … I would wake up in the morning and say, ‘Good morning, my little ones, how did you sleep?’ I would say, ‘Okay guys, we’re going into class now . . . ‘ and they would be there, around my desk, absolutely still, until the bell rang.”
The tome reveals Sartre, who popularized existentialism, experimented with mescaline to an extent that he almost became a lunatic.
He said: “I began to think I was going crazy.”
However, Sartre ultimately stopped seeing the lobsters.
He told Gerassi: “The crabs stayed with me until the day I simply decided that they bored me and I wouldn’t pay attention to them.
Sartre quit drugs before his death in 1980, but he had a strange fondness to the imaginary lobsters.
He said: “The crabs were mine. I had got used to them. I would have liked my crabs to come back.
“We call them crabs because of my [Altona] play but they were really lobsters. And you know, I’ve never said this before, but sometimes I miss them … I remember how they used to sit there on my leg.”
The book will be published later this month. (ANI)
- Robbie Williams admits he went psycho on cactus cocktail - Sep 26, 2010
- Sasha Grey publishes book with self-portraits, short essays - Apr 01, 2011
- Page suffered night hallucinations as child - Jul 06, 2010
- Gillard may leave Melbourne home for security reasons - Sep 12, 2010
- Electric blue lobster now holed up in a museum - Nov 17, 2011
- Gillard not to move into Australian PM residence - Jun 25, 2010
- Gandhi quotations to comfort London Underground passengers - Jun 25, 2009
- Mushroom drug fights cancer patients' anxiety - Sep 07, 2010
- Rachida Dati's 'plan to oust Carla Bruni-Sarkozy from Elysee Palace' - Sep 17, 2010
- At 86, Badal Sircar frenziedly writes, reads plays - Mar 10, 2011
- Ancient animals could see in dark - Jul 01, 2011
- 'Osama' on stage in Kolkata - Mar 18, 2012
- Malayalam writer slaps legal notice on Mohanlal - Aug 26, 2010
- Read my book to understand remarks on Tendulkar, Dravid: Shoaib - Sep 24, 2011
- 'Psychedelic' drug salvia shows promise against addiction - Jan 04, 2011
Tags: champs, crabs, desk, drugs, elys, existentialism, extent, fondness, french philosopher, hallucinations, jean paul sartre, little ones, lobsters, london, love, mescaline, professor john, sleep, thinker