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an aberrant desire
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a  book to nooks none
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It is tempting to quote more snippets from this rich tapestry. For instance, the ways in which the younger generation of psychoanalysts both deferred to and yet also revolted against their elders; or how many had multiple analyses from different analysts; or how several non-Jewish psychoanalysts were absorbed in a psychiatric institution found by and named after a cousin of Hermann Göring; or, finally, how the Dadaist and psychoanalyst Richard Huelsenbeck only escaped the Gestapo because they did not realise these were one and the same person.
All the main characters wrote what the author calls 'psychoanalytic novels', which are discussed in considerable depth. Groddeck, for example, sent parts of his manuscript of The book of the It to Freud, who was less than enthusiastic since it conflicted with his own concept of the id. In such ways the relationships between writers' literary productions and their psychoanalytic doctrines are clearly brought out.
Enough has been said show the fascination of this work, which has been meticulously researched and has a comprehensive index -- a great help since the material is so dense. In sum, this book is fine piece of scholarly work that throws fresh light on a formative period of psychoanalysis.




by Veronika FuechtnerBerlin Psychoanalytic

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