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Malcolm's ( In the Freud Archives ) fascination with psychoanalysis permeates the 16 erudite and assured essays, reviews and reports assembled here. Their range, however, is broad. Malcolm analyzes new interpretations of Freud's Dora case and wittily assesses a book on French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, The Death of an Intellectual Hero by Stuart Schneiderman. She proposes that the autobiographies of the gay explorer Tobias Schneebaum "are like the three stages of an analysis," observes that Vaclav Havel's prison letters to his wife suggest "the behavior of the supine member of the psychoanalytic couple" and wonders about the tension in Ved Mehta's memoirs between the "narrating adult" and the "experiencing child." Her reports--on so-called structural family therapy, on one-time Artforum editor Ingrid Sischy and on a trip to Prague in April 1990--exhibit the same intellectual rigor but have a leavening of detail and dialogue that makes them more accessible. Most of these pieces first appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.
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"Why don't more people write like [Malcolm]?... She is cast from the mold of the Eastern European intellectual: beholden to modernism. as familiar with Kundera's exile as she is with Freud's Vienna. This sensibility must grant her the detachment she sometimes so mercilessly employs, but it also gives her an unassailable passion for getting to the center of things."

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (November 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679748105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679748106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Helen OKeefe on March 31, 2015
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I bought this book because Helen Garner, one of my current favorite authors, cited Janet Malcolm as a huge influence on her work. I didn't know what to expect but I'm not finding it easy. It's like an school-assigned text that you can see the value of but its always work. I'm taking a break at past half-way but plan on returning to it after some lighter fare.
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