The Arsenic Eaters
2 May 2016

“I consider this photobook a new classic, recommended both as a well-designed narrative […] as well as for the presentation of this subject within a context of social and scientific understanding.”
Interesting Artist and Photographic Books for 2018, The PhotoBook Journal

“It all feels like a bad trip, put together by someone with a fantastic eye for storytelling.”
Favorite Photobooks of 2018, photo-eye Bookstore

“A very scientific, semi-fictional documentary.”
The Best Photobooks of 2018, PHmuseum

Paperback in yellow vinyl sleeve, 144 pages

A book on the historical phenomenon of arsenic eating. An exhaustive photographic exploration deep down into the caves of the Styrian poison eaters. An extensive cultural-historical research work on the usage of one of the most potent mineral poisons. A forgotten reality.

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In-depth article on the on-location research by Austrian newspaper Der Standard: “Arsen, das Kokain der steirischen Bauersleut’” (Text in German)

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The Eriskay Connection

Rob van Hoesel

Copyediting and Proofreading
Scott Clifford Evans

Colour & Books, Sebastiaan Hanekroot

Print and Production
Fine Books, Jos Morree

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