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The Seducer: A Novel Paperback – December 22, 2011
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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Moscovici’s new psychological thriller, The Seducer, reminds us of classics like Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, but with a contemporary twist. The new seducer is a psychopath, a dangerous predator without genuine emotion. . . . The narrative is bold, vivid, and lucid. (Edward K. Kaplan, professor in the Humanities at Brandeis University)
The Seducer probes the chilling depths of alienation and selfishness as the heroine, Ana, is caught in the spider’s web of her narcissistic lover, Michael. . . . A powerful novel about an unfortunate reality many women face. (Carmen Firan, author of Words and Flesh)
Like the best, most delicious novels, Claudia Moscovici’s psychological thriller, The Seducer, grips you in its opening pages and holds you in its addictive clutches straight through to its dramatic, remarkable conclusion. This is a fascinating novel, on every page of which Moscovici’s intimate understanding of the psychology of psychopaths and their victims gleams with a laser’s concentrated brilliance. (Steve Becker, MSW, LCSW, LoveFraud.com feature columnist, expert on psychopathy and narcissism)
In her exciting second novel, The Seducer, Claudia Moscovici depicts with talent and psychological accuracy the spellbinding power of these charming yet dangerous Don Juans. (D. R. Popa, author of Lady V and Other Stories)
About the Author
Claudia Moscovici is a Romanian-American fiction writer and art/literary critic. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Velvet Totalitarianism (2009), as well as Dangerous Liaisons (2011), a nonfiction book on psychopathic social predators. She has also written several scholarly books on Romantic art and literature, including Romanticism and Postromanticism (2007).
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This is a fiction book which may help more women than any self-help book!
It is written by someone who experienced the horrendous emotional rape of being in a relationship with a man who is not what he appeared to be.
While there are excellent non-fiction books on these kinds of relationships, including Dangerous Liaisons, also excellent and written by this same author, Claudia Moscovici, I think this fiction book may end up having a GREATER impact on those seeking to recover from these horrible "relationships"... which are actually nothing less than manipulative exploitation of a loving person, by one who is incapable of love.
One of the most difficult aspects of recovery for a woman (or man) who has been exploited in this way is the cognitive dissonance that is experienced. One minute you are physically sick at the horror of what he did to you, and in the next, your mind flashes to the false mask he presented, which was so appealing, designed just for you. And yet it is hard to grasp how someone could be that duplicitous. This book will help you break out of that awful "he is good, no he's bad, no he's good, I can help him, no he's horrible" cycle. By contrasting what the woman THINKS is going on, with what is REALLY going on with the man, the story helps you understand how these pathological relationships unfold, how you could have been so duped, why the whole thing was so damn painful and confusing.
And beyond that, it is just a very compelling story that is extremely difficult to put down!
Claudia doesn't just tell us a tale of psychopathic seduction, she shows us how our insecurities and vanities can be used against us, no matter how well-intentioned we might be. By the end of the book, I had a better understanding of myself, and my heart felt one step closer to freedom -- that's the true mark of a talented author.
Peace, author of Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People
He also asks me to perform the exact things the main character of this book asks from his women, for instance he likes to dress me up the same way the main character does with his women, calling me his little doll, tells me what positions to take when he comes home from work, etc. He also likes to have sex in public places, which is an amazing turn on for me.
But despite all these exciting things we do together as a couple, we used to have disagreements and fights in our relationship, so I picked up a copy of this book in the hopes to better understand my husband, and I was astounded at how much it helped me improve our marriage. We no longer fight!
This book has helped me gain insights into the mind of a narcissist and understand how hyper vigilant and hyper sensitive a narcissist is. Knowing these people’s psychological hot buttons has helped me avoid bringing up sensitive subjects, and thus completely eliminated arguments and fights.
Our marriage has never been better. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful book!
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