The Discourse of the Drinkers is an artist book that accompanies the film by the same title of Annka Larsson. In her film, Larsson mixes footage shot at two Berlin bars, The Club and Rote Rose, exploring the bar as a social and political space.
The book, which borrows its title from a chapter in François Rabelais’ 16th Century comic novels on The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, assembles imagery both found and adapted from the movie, modified text excerpts from the aforementioned novel, poetry, song lyrics, and multilingual transcripts from the movie.
The gradient from white to black on the cover and the hand painted edges depict the nightfall the reader enters on opening, and the daybreak he whitenesses on closing the book.
The Discourse of the Drinkers was released at Friends With Books art book fair at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, accompanied by a screening of the movie, as well as a performance by The Real Housewives of Neukölln.