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Vienna Triangle Paperback – January 1, 2009
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More About the Author
She is the author of four previous novels, SINS OF THE MOTHERS (Baskerville; 1993), PARADISE FARM (SUNY; 1999), THE BEHEADING GAME (Wings Press; 2006), which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and VIENNA TRIANGLE (Wings Press; 2009). Her memoir, THE LAST GOOD FREUDIAN (Holmes and Meier; 2000) received considerable critical praise. In 2007, the Modern Language Association published Webster's translation (from Italian) of Edith Bruck's Holocaust novel, LETTERA ALLA MADRE.
Her forthcoming play, "The Murder Trial of Sigmund Freud," was inspired by VIENNA TRIANGLE but goes beyond the story of Tausk and Freud to chronicle Freud's relationships with women patients, disciples, and his family. It was written in collaboration with Meridee Stein, who conceived the idea of a play and brought to the table many stimulating ideas and twenty years of experience in the theater.
Additionally, Webster has written two controversial and oft-anthologized critical studies, YEATS: A Psychoanalytic Study (Stanford) and BLAKE'S PROPHETIC PSYCHOLOGY (Macmillan). She translated poetry from the Italian for THE OTHER VOICE (Norton) and THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WOMEN POETS. She is co-editor of HUNGRY FOR LIGHT: The Journal of Ethel Schwabacher (Indiana; 1993), which reveals the life of an abstract expressionist painter, her mother.
More information about the author can be found at BrendaWebster.com
Top Customer Reviews
Brenda Webster is a talented, intellligent writer and the narrative is clear and lucid. However, I ended up feeling that the historical novel may not be her strength. The way the story is set up is kind of clumsy and requests too much of the reader in terms of a willing suspension of disbelief (it's built upon a chance encounter literally on the street in Provincetown, Massachusetts). She also displays a certain carelessness with facts that is unnerving when one is anticipating an historically accurate portrayal of important personalities and events. Example: she breezily mentions the novel's protagonist, Kate, going over the record player and putting on "The Doors,' 'Dance With Me Baby'." That song was recorded first by Paice Ashton Lord in 1976, several years after the Doors ceased to exist. It's not that this factoid is vital to the plot of "Vienna Triangle," but in my experience when an author gets little, incidental facts wrong this casts doubt as to the care with which she assembled the more essential historical points, as well.
Louis Breger, Ph.D. Author: Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision
Vienna Triangle is rich and enjoyable in many ways large and small: comparing Freud's reaction to Tausk to that of someone who viscerally can't stand oysters; subtly bringing out the complexities of Helene's love life and married life; and dealing with the ramifications of masochism, aggression, passivity, etc., never didactically, but as the characters concretely experience them.
For me, the novel seamlessly weaves together fiction and reality, so magically that I didn't want to know which was which, at least until I finished the book and only then turned to "The Afterward."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating reconstruction of Helene Deutsch's personal challenges. It also offers an intriguing look at the dynamics of Freud and his relation to his inner circle.Published 5 months ago by M. Sher
Started off very interesting. I did like the use of historical documents but at the end I was just "getting through it". Supporting characters were not well developed.Published 11 months ago by Karri Meleo
The topic of Freud's influence on people in his circle of friends and associates was interesting. The story plot, however was slow in parts and the time sequences were difficult... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carl P
Not very well written but provides a fascinating insight to the confused and painful world that Freud created and maintained about himPublished on December 17, 2013 by just Jack
Vienna Triangle, by Brenda Webster, is an extremely well-researched historical novel. Although it is set in the present day, relationships among the members of Freud's inner circle... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Lucille Lang Day
Was only able to read the first three chapters before getting bored with the terms and characters. perhaps if you are into psychology and its history you might enjoy this book but... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Charlotte O'donnell
Vienna Triangle is an engaging book that will appeal to anybody interested in early psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Mark
When I was studying in the late 60's and early 70's, psychoanalytic theory was the basis of training for the helping professions. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Carol Sandoval