Authors: Geza Csath
The publishers wish to thank the following for their help:
Szilvia Demeter, Marta Faur, Isabelle Gabolde, Dr. Gabor Gyani, Miklos Konrad, Dr. Jozsef Kovacs, Andrea Kreisz, Ildiko Nagy, Agnes Peresztegi, Marly Rusoff, Dr. Zsolt Unoka
He is a neurologist, painter, composer and music critic, pianist and violinist, playwright, journalist, short-story writer, and a man of superhuman ambition and energy. He is a bastard, of course, but so are a lot of people with nothing else to be said for them...
“In the course of just one day, I live five thousand years… Start smoking opium as a strong, mature man and… you can reach the age of twenty million.” – Opium (short story by Geza Csath), 1909.
“100 years [of opium addiction] aren’t worth as much as 34 [sober], with their real, true pleasures.” – Csath’s diary entry, 1913.
‘My dear boy, tell me honestly, did you cheat on me?’ ‘How can you think such a thing, my child!’ I said, but without truly convincing force. ‘Oh, my God,’ she whimpered sweetly, examining my face, ‘I can see you’ve cheated on me. Confess, I forgive you, you’re a man, confess, sweet darling.’ But I confessed nothing; instead, as she desired, I swore that I had been true to her.