2018 © Simon Brugner
Although being a popular custom among hard-working people, arsenic eaters were anxious to conceal their use. They ingested arsenic to be strong and healthy, to look rosy, to boost their sexual potency. Eating arsenic was a taboo. It was believed that once a person became an arsenic eater the habit could not be stopped: it would bring rapid decline and inevitable death.The first part of the book utilizes contemporary photographs and archival material to sketch a possible reality in which arsenic eating seems plausible. The second part presents cultural-historical research findings on the topic.
2018, 20.5 cm × 30 cm, 144 pages, publisher: The Eriskay Connection/NL