Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 15, 2011 - Fiction - 80 pages
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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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User Review  - Adam McPhee - Goodreads

Old Hans just needs his fix. Behold: I'm thinking about you too, sweetheart, long-lost sweetheart, I have a new sweetheart, she's called Morphine. She's angry with me, she makes life a misery, but she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Johnny Appleseed - Goodreads

I stumbled upon Hans Fallada this week with the re-release of three of his books. Then I noticed that one of these mini classics were by him so I thought I'd start there. Both stories revolve around ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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