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Musset didn't write the way he did because he drank absinthe, instead he drank for the same reason for which he wrote just like that: namely out of despair.

-August Strindberg, 1886
Tjänstekvinnans Son
(The Son of a Servant)

Absinthe history in Scandinavia

The Absinthe Ritual - How to prepare an absinthe

Edvard Munch, 1863-1944

Norwegian symbolist painter and a forerunner of expressionist art. Munch's most famous painting is without a doubt "The Scream".

Munch studied art under, among others, Norwegian Christian Krohg. Living in Oslo, or Christiania as it was named at that time, Munch was a close friend of bohemian Hans Jaeger who influenced his thinking and art to great extent and they spent most nights in cafés drinking - often absinthe. After studying in Paris he moved to Berlin where he became one of "the Scandinavians" and was constantly seen with Strindberg and other writers and artists. Their favourite place, Zum Schwarzen Ferkel was the scene for many ideas but also intrigues among the group.

...an extensive dive into Munch's life with absinthe is in progress, it will come soon.

- absinthe books and poetry -

Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.  


- latest news and additions -

The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics. 


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