'...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