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Short Synopsis
By turns philosophical and darkly comic, Nicotine is an ex-smoker's meditation on the nature and consequences of his nearly lifelong addiction.

Full Synopsis
Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifelong addiction, from the thrill of the first drag to the perennial last last cigarette. Reflecting on his experiences as a smoker from a young age, Gregor Hens investigates the irreversible effects of nicotine on thought and patterns of behavior. He extends the conversation with other smokers to meditations on Mark Twain and Italo Svevo, the nature of habit, and the validity of hypnosis. With comic insight and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs every facet of dependency, offering a brilliant analysis of the psychopathology of addiction.

This is a book about the physical, emotional, and psychological power of nicotine as not only an addictive drug, but also a gateway to memory, a long trail of streetlights in the rearview mirror of a smoker's life. Cigarettes are sometimes a solace, sometimes a weakness, but always a witness and companion.

This is a meditation, an ode, and a eulogy, one that will be passed hand-to-hand between close friends.

“Part memoir, part discourse on the nature of addiction and withdrawal.” ---Wall Street Journal

"Hens gives readers an understanding of what it is like to have an addiction, albeit a legal one, and how the end of an addiction can be felt as a loss.” ---Publishers Weekly

"In a book that is as much a paean to smoking as it is a eulogy, Hens is both poetic and unforgiving about the pleasures and pains of smoking.” ---Kirkus

"[A] dark, lovely, funny book.” ---New Yorker

"Smoking and cigarettes might not be good for the health of the body, but Hens's glimpse through the prism of addiction offers an enriching and enlightening account that benefits the mind and the soul.” ---Shelf Awareness

Nicotine

Author Gregor Hens

Narrated by Liam Gerrard

Publication date May 30, 2017

Running time 5 hrs 1 min

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