I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
OK, so you've heard some of the scariest things about absinthe, or - you've heard the most wonderful things maybe? Whichever, in here I will try to straighten things out a bit. From the beginning of absinthe history more than 200 years ago up to the modern revival of absinthe starting in the 1990's. I have also devoted a separate section to the history of absinthe up here in the north, in and around Scandinavia.
So many stories, myths and rumours are heard and told about absinthe. The question is how much truth lies in it. To get to the bottom of that we need to go more than 200 years back in time and travel to the Jura mountains in Switzerland and France where absinthe as we know it started its journey.
In the 1990's absinthe made a come-back in stores across Europe. Some of the modern revival reminds of absinthe's old history in many ways, only today science is a little more exact. Read here to learn how absinthe came back not only to Europe but the USA as well as Asia.
Several famous Nordic authors, poets and painters are often connected to absinthe in one way or the other. Either they were known to drink it, or they mentioned it in their works. But how widely spread was absinthe really all the way up here in the north? I am uncovering some of that history here - a constant work in progress...
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.
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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