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by D.M. Thomas
A fascinating foray into the most influential mind of the 20th century, D.M. Thomas plunges into the last morphine-clouded days of Sigmund Freud's life--where his devoted daughter Anna tends to him, trying to understand her icon's demise as he drifts through the final layers of his own consciousness.
Paperback, 231 pages
Published October 2nd 1995 by Carroll & Graf
(first published April 21st 1994)
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The great Freud is slowly dying of mouth cancer (from the innumerable cigars he smoked) in London, tenderly cared for by his daughter Anna. The novel is a patchwork of memories, dreams, hallucinations, visions, and fabrications, with lots of references to actual persons (Freud's parents, wife, wife's sister, colleagues, patients). The reader quickly becomes confused. Googling names and reading background information helps a lot, and I didn't mind doing it since I'm interested in Freudian and Jun ...more
Just not in the mood. It's like when I'm at a party and there's some big-brained guy with a recent accomplishment under his belt holding forth in the center of the living room and everybody is hanging on every word and he's making no eye contact with anyone.... I tend to retire to the garden to smoke. Even if I'm interested in what he's talking about, his arrogance sucks all the air out of the room. I'll get back to this book some day....maybe.
D.M. Thomas was born in Cornwall in 1935. After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher and was Head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education until he became a full-time writer. His first novel The Flute-Player won the Gollancz Pan/Picador Fantasy Competition. He is also known for his collections of verse and his translation from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatov ...moreMore about D.M. Thomas...