A searingly powerful memoir about the impact of addiction on a family.
In the summer of 2012, a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans' sister, the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened.
In Mayhem, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. "Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of 'help' becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict's mind?"
An eloquent and timely attempt to understand the conundrum of addiction - and a memoir as devastating as it is riveting.
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This was a very easy and interesting book to listen to. Beautifully written.
As the sibling of an addict, I empathized with Sigrid and her family. If I were a child of Hans and Eva, I would be grateful for the understanding, care and mercy given to their parents hopefully on behalf of them. This is perhaps the most loving way for her to preserve what's positive for the children.
It seems to me that Sigrid should not have any guilt. She mentions feeling guilty several times. Addicts must take responsibility for their actions.
It helps me see others around me, on drugs and say, "I understand a little better why you..."
Thank you for sharing this story.
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