Oct 24, 2020
Mayhem: A Memoir
Posted by Sigrid Rausing

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 andA 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.

  • Title: Mayhem: A Memoir
  • Author: Sigrid Rausing
  • ISBN: 9780451493125
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mayhem A Memoir A searingly powerful memoir about the impact of addiction on a family In the summer of a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband Hans K Rausing The cou

    Michelle

    A searing family story of tragedy and loss is combined with the ravages of addiction in Mayhem A Memoir by editor and publisher of Granta magazine and books, Sigrid Rausing Eva Rausing 1964 2012 and her husband Hans were joint heir s to the Tetra Packaging fortune, when Eva was found dead in London at the Chelsea Mansion she shared with Hans in July 2012 At the time of Eva s death, Sigrid hadn t heard from Eva or her brother in four years.Hans was arrested due to the circumstances surrounding Ev [...]


    Canadian Reader

    After great pain, a formal feeling comes The Nerves sit ceremonious like Tombs Emily Dickinson Mayhem is a powerful meditation on addiction, on how it maims not only the addict but also his or her family With this reflective, literary, and allusive memoir, Rausing attempts to wrest the highly publicized and lurid narrative of her billionaire philanthropist brother Hans and sister in law Eva s long spiral into heroin and cocaine addiction from a media that reveled in splashing the sensational det [...]


    Robert Miller

    The author s father started several successful companies by most accounts, he amassed over a billion in assets Sigrid Rausing, one of his daughters, is a successful woman herself, currently the owner and editor of Granta magazine and publisher of Granta books.In this memoir, she writes of her brother and sister in law s addiction to drugs and alcohol Her brother, Hans married Eva they are wealthy too, and their story reinforces the maxim that addiction doesn t discriminate by race, creed or weal [...]


    Susan Emmet

    Drawn to Mayhem because of Rausing s position at Granta and because all the families I am part of have been overtaken by the perfect storm of addiction and mental emotional illness, I offer heart and mind felt applause for her apparent honesty, fear, love, guilt and the kaleidoscope of physical and mental and emotional upheavals addiction creates.No need to recap the story, the tabloid coverage, the anguish of disclosure, the battle between truth and lies.What I am left with is a lucid recapturi [...]


    Emma Townshend

    This is a scorching book, yet all delivered in the quietest prose Sigrid Rausing s brother was so addicted to drugs that when his wife died, he lived with her body for several months, unable to face the facts of what had happened I loved the way this book is constructed it allows no easy generalisations, and I don t think she is easy on herself either She keeps asking all the hard questions about family, responsibility, explanation, narrative, fault, drama, blame One of the parts I found the mos [...]


    Jessica

    Incredible how this sensational story was told in way that acknowledged those parts of the story, that are quite shocking, but still remained focused on exploring the universal pains family members experience when a loved one has an addiction It s beautifully written and a touching memoir.


    Holger

    Honest and at times frightening, Sigrid Rausing s Mayhem reveals the turmoil drug addiction can bring upon any family It also contains insightful observations on the industry that has grown around recovery, both pharmaceutical recovery and recovery spas that make it seem as though kicking a dangerous habit is nothing than a luxury vacation.


    Inken

    In 200 pages Sigrid Rausing tells the story of the destructive and heartbreaking effect her brother Hans addiction had upon their family and the shattering results when Hans and his wife, American businesswoman Eva Kemeny, relapsed It is also Sigrid s desperate need and attempt to make sense of what went so horribly wrong with her family, how why addicts are made, what drives their behaviour, their thought processes and their inability or refusal to see the devastation their addiction creates fo [...]


    Martha Toll

    Here s my review of this book on NPR npr 2017 09 07 5475601


    Anna

    4.5 stars This memoir gave me so much food for thought I finished it last night and already found myself working Rausing s comments into two conversations I ve had since I appreciated her musings on the vicious cycle that is addiction and insight into what it is like to be the family member of an addict She writes with such empathy and honesty and although the book itself was nothing like I was expecting there s really very little detail actually about the death of Eva Rausing it delivered so mu [...]


    Rebecca Valentine

    I found this memoir riveting The author takes an intensely personal experience and makes it universal Having grown up around addiction and now finding my adult life impacted by someone else s addiction, I found myself nearly in tears when reading certain passages, sentences, phrases It took courage to explore this experience and bring it forth to the world I will no doubt revisit this book at some point.


    Ida

    another book about addiction but this one is a little different told from a sibling s perspective it is not a linear recounting of the story, but a contemplation of the why s and how s of addiction and codependency sad but worth it


    Noelle Williams

    A really powerful and cathartic read for anyone who has been touched by addiction.


    John Newton

    The jacket copy at least on the American edition from Knopf describes this as a memoir about the impact of addiction on a family Well, sort of, but not really Sigrid Rausing wants to tell her version of the events covered in her book, she announces early on, because others have already told her story For me, and I expect for many American readers, this might come as a surprise The addiction to heroin and morphine and perhaps cocaine as well of her brother Hans and the death of Rausing s sister i [...]


    Darryl

    This memoir, written by the current owner of Granta magazine and Granta Books and the granddaughter of a wealthy Swedish businessman, concerns the tragic story of her younger brother Hans, who was addicted to heroin and cocaine along with his wife Eva, who died as a result of a cocaine overdose in 2012 Because of the Rausing family s wealth and prominence Hans and Eva s struggle with addiction generated widespread media coverage in Sweden and the UK, particularly after the cover up of Eva s deat [...]


    P.

    Interesting reflections on substance misuse disorder If nothing else, she has clearly spent time thinking about substance use I suppose that even wealthy addicts must endure the interventions and distractions and obsessions of those around them The book reminds us that there are no answers She doesn t cite her research for the most part I listened to the audiobook I can only hope a bibliography appeared in the print book , the text wanders between reflections, and then it abruptly stops Such was [...]


    Jessica Meins

    Very interesting account of the lives of Hans and Sigrid Rausing and in particular Hans and his wife Eva s drug addiction which resulted in her death from heart failure in 2012.Sigrid Rausiing is clearly an intelligent woman, her academic background clear in the way she writes I feel like I wanted to know about the descent back into addiction of her brother and his wife However, it was a very well written and sensitive book.


    David Barrie

    There are distractions here meditations on family, holidays and Swedish politics but they are like a sideways glance before staring harder at the thing in front of you Addiction This is a strong and powerful memoir, especially on the authenticity, pose, delusion and empty spaces in people s lives that are filled with addiction, and others attempts to grasp it, manage guilt and care.


    O

    Excellent language just as I would expect and a very personal, and sad, story about living with addiction as in having a family member with an addiction to drugs Rausing quotes research into addiction and how to get rid of addiction as well, which makes it fairly dry at times.Some sections could perhaps have been slightly cut, but it is a well written book all the same Recommended.


    J.M. Sloan

    Not enough story.I kept waiting for the disparate threads of stories to come together and turn into a proper narrative But no Lots of ancedotes but mostly about the author I finished the ok and still did not know exactly what happened nor where and when.


    Walleye23

    I hated this book, could not finish it.


    Svetlana

    It was like reading personal juornal or a diary I hope it had some therapeutic effect on the writer, but as a book it was boring.


    Tara

    2.5 Stars


    Tracy

    3.5 stars


    Carmen DeCecco

    I thought, how sad it must be for a sister to pen such a book, exposing her family all over again to the voyeurs and the tabloids that fairly froth at their apertures when a darling like Eva Rausing falls from grace Good God, it s like the very, dysfunctional, obscenely wealthy, want us all to know that they are still five years after the fact dysfunctional obscenely, and very, and wealthy, for Pete s sake, who cares Except they the Rausings, or at least, SIGRID Rausing, seems to care very, much [...]


    David

    A startling and searing look at addiction and it s effects on the family as a whole In this case, a family unlike any you re likely to be familiar with, or read about The prose here is thoughtful and wise which led me to be unprepared for the real life tabloid esque nature of the books most startling incidents What s a family to do when it s doing everything it can really everything, and instead gets turned around, and around, and around and almost against itself in some ways.



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