'...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".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/02/2011
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141195803