“Diary of an Oxygen Thief” is a 2006 Dutch novel, written anonymously and published in Amsterdam by NLVI. “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” was called a “surprise dark-horse Williamsburg best seller” by New York Magazine, referring to the independent art, literature, and music scene in Brooklyn, New York. It is a cult story of the death of a misogynist.
As an autobiography, “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” begins with the story of an Irish advertising executive living in London, describing the pleasure he received from psychological violence against women. After the narrator begins to attend anonymous meetings, he peers and looks back at his past relationship with some remorse.
After he got a job in the United States, the narrator encounters externally with the absurdity of corporate America, the cultural shock and the conflict of transition from the lower to the middle class. He suffers from paranoia and pain, begins to use drugs. Later, he meets a young, aspiring photographer in New York and falls in love with her.
“Diary of an Oxygen Thief” in the title refers to the low self-esteem of the narrator. Because of his disgust for himself, he seems to be living through a life that is unworthy of the very air that he breathes.