“An estimated 200,000 Canadians are addicted to legal opioid painkillers. Part memoir, part sociological study, Zwarenstein’s personal, easily digestible update to Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions takes us behind the headlines of overdose deaths to the myriad causes, which call for real political leadership. Urgent reading for an increasingly critical situation.”
– The Globe and Mail, 100 Best Books of 2016
“This book is so satisfying that at a slim 117 pages, you’ll be left wanting even more.” – Lauren Kirshner, Room Magazine
A distinctly different, ambiguous riff on the issue of prescription painkillers in the New Age of Opium, Opium Eater: The New Confessions was shortlisted for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada book award for 2016. A “sensuous and compelling” (Room Magazine) and “measured” (The Globe & Mail) meditation on pain, creativity and opioid analgesics, Opium Eater is a visceral and darkly funny memoir inspired in both name and spirit by Thomas De Quincey’s Romantic-era classic of addiction literature, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
Opium Eater: The New Confessions (Nonvella, 2016) is available from Amazon.ca in Canada, and worldwide at Amazon.com; from Chapters Indigo by special order, and in independent bookstores. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy copies directly from me. The book is being taught on graduate and undergraduate academic classes as of 2017. A discount is available from the publisher (email email@example.com) for bulk orders for other courses or book clubs.
Media & reviews
- Jade Colbert’s review in the Globe & Mail
- Lauren Kirshner’s review in Room Magazine
- Tom Sandborn’s review in Columbia Journal
- Tungsten Hippo review
- Josh Eisen’s review in Canadian Dimension
- On Drugs CBC podcast looking at history of opioid use. Features a long interview & reading from Opium Eater
- Interview on People First Radio (audio with links to related resources)
- Interview with Koom Kansekam on openbook.ca
- An excerpt from Vice.com
- An excerpt that ran on thetyee.ca
- “Is it time for a national strategy on opioids?” CBC radio segment
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