Narcotics: Nicotine, Alcohol, Cocaine, Peyote, Morphine, Ether + Appendices

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$24.50  $22.79
Twisted Spoon Press
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6.8 X 0.8 X 7.8 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Painter, photographer, novelist, and playwright, Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz (known as Witkacy) was born on February 24, 1885, in Warsaw, but grew up and lived most of his life in Zakopane. After witnessing firsthand the Russian Revolution, he returned to Poland in 1918 and joined the Formists, a group of artists pursuing a program of Pure Form. Over the next two decades Witkacy penned a number of plays and his two great dystopian novels. Sandwiched between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invading Poland in early September 1939, he committed suicide on September 18 in the village of Jeziory.
Canadian born Krakow resident, Gauger is the author of the story collection Hymns to Millionaires and the translator of Waiting for the Dog to Sleep by Jerzy Ficowski.
"Witkiewicz's stylistic twists are one of the joys of Narcotics. A moralizing diatribe might veer into medical discourse; private anecdotes might shift into a rant on class theory or a patchy précis of a book about physiognomy. (All delivered in a semi-ironic-yet-wholly-sincere tone)." -- Biblioklept
"Narcotics is something of a rambling - and very opinionated - discourse rather than sober analysis. It's certainly an engaging read, and, as a very personal document, offers interesting insight into the character ... his art - and his struggles with narcotics." -- Complete Review
"[Narcotics] is compelling, infuriating, sometimes dull, other times provocative and fascinating, contradictory and really unlike anything else. It is also presented beautifully by the publishers, particularly the colour prints of Witkiewicz's work." -- Bookmunch