Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism

Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism

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By (author) Hans Fallada


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'...I stare at the coffee I poured myself, and I think: caffeine is a poison that stimulates the heart. There are plenty of instances of people killing themselves with coffee, hundreds and thousands of them. Caffeine is a deadly poison, maybe almost as deadly as morphine. Why didn't it ever occur to me before: coffee is my friend!' Drawing on Hans Fallada's own history of addiction, these two stories and are written with a remarkable, tough, spartan clarity. As a man desperately, haplessly tries to get enough morphine to make it through the day and a drunk embezzler struggles to get himself arrested, they are at one second crushing, the next darkly comic. This book includes "A Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism" and "Three Years of Life".

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 106 x 158 x 10mm | 58.97g
  • 15 Feb 2011
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • 0141195800
  • 9780141195803
  • 187,332

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Hans Fallada was one of the best-known German writers of the twentieth century. Born on 21 July 1893 in Greifswald as Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen, he took his pen name from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. His most famous works include the novels Alone in Berlin, Little Man, What Now? and The Drinker. Fallada died from an overdose of morphine on 5 February 1947 in Berlin.

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