“In her Confessions – a 21st-century update on De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) – Zwarenstein achieves that rare thing: a dispassionate account informed by deeply personal experience. Readers will benefit from this measured look at the causes of our increased dependence, which doubles as a critical memoir on the relationship between opioids, creativity, and pain.”
Opium Eater is taught on graduate and undergraduate university courses in both English literature and addiction studies. Find out more about teaching Opium Eater.
About me: I live in Toronto, spend time in Mexico City, and write about a lot of different things; in particular, medicine, literature, travel, social justice, and landscapes of the mind. I also do plain language and medical writing & editing, and am a long-time freelance journalist.
Next up: a novel inspired by a real-life massacre of students in 1968 Mexico–transformed and transposed to a divided, unreal Toronto. Also non-fiction on subjects including kindness, art & fascism, harm reduction, evidence in medicine, and travel.
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