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drugs in literature, 1920s literature

Cocaina is an Italian novel by Pitigrilli, published by Edoardo Sonzogno in 1921.

The novel, set in Paris and dedicated to cocaine use, was banned when it was published due to its liberal use of explicit sex and drugs.

While it's not a name-dropping novel, it squeezes in Sully Prudhomme, d'Annunzio and six or seven more novelists. There is no CAPs analysis online. Because of its elements of absurdism, it has been considered a surrealist novel.

Fassbinder was working on a script for the novel just before he died.


The love triangle

Tito Arnaudi has to choose between Kalantan Ter-Gregorianz and the cocotte Maud Fabrège

The orgy

"It was held at the villa of Madam Kalantan Ter-Gregorianz, located near the Champs Elysees in that mundane quarter where the cocaine aristocrats dwell in "

Maud's sterilization

The sterilization (a removal of the ovaries) makes here ugly and less feminine.

The execution report

The part where he writes about the 4:AM execution which did not take place was hilarious.

The "Russian roulette" suicide

Our hero dies of a self-administered dose of typhus. Two doctors mis-diagnose and he survives, one diagnoses correctly and he dies. See Russian roulette.

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