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Daniel Paul Schreber (1842-1911) came to prominence as one of history’s most famous madmen in the wake of Sigmund Freud’s “Psychoanalytic Notes Upon an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia.” Published in 1911, Freud’s case study psychoanalyzes Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, a detailed account of the German Judge’s psychotic breakdowns in which he battl ...more
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Published September 2019 by Stalking Horse Press
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Alex Khlopenko
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TL;DR This is a gateway drug to postmodernist literary critique, history of art, and of course - psychoanalysis of 20th century.

Review (originally for Three Crows):

Near the end of Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, he has an epiphany: “…everything that happens is in reference to me.” (233) Since the publication of his Memoirs Schreber has been at the center of psychoanalytical and literary debate for a hundred years; he’s been called everything – from a psychotic homosexual to
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David Agranoff
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 2007 I was living in Port Angeles Washington. I was super excited to see The new Darren Aronofsky movie at the time called The Fountain. The nearest theater it was playing at was in Victoria B.C. It is the only time I went to another country just to see a movie. When the movie ended I felt a stunned silence fall over the theater. The guy behind me said, "I have no idea what I just saw but I like it."

I have read Wilson before, in 2007 I reviewed his Science Fiction send-up Dr. Identity and sai
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Donald Armfield
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
D. Harlan Wilson pens the case files of Schreber in this satire, science fiction of sorts. Transgressions, delusions, mishaps or a narrative battle of words that puts a semi psychosis memoir, autobiographical together.
You’ll finish this psychotic imaginative account and still not have the answers to New in the Never, but...
You’ll have a conclusion with memories that stain your hippocampus passage ways for eternity.
Thomas Baughman
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written piece of theory-fiction. Worth the reader's time. ...more
John Madera
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
D. Harlan Wilson's THE PSYCHOTIC DR. SCHREBER is Ballardian bricolage par excellence, where juxtaposed fragments of theory, biography, and fiction, not to mention satire, finally cohere not only into an affecting portrait of a legendary "madman" but into a kind of alarming diagnosis of writing, reading, and other "illnesses." ...more
Stephen Toman
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t attempt to describe what this book is any better than the blurb does. Fascinating nonetheless.
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D. Harlan Wilson is an American novelist, critic, editor, playwright, and college professor. His body of work bridges the aesthetics of literary and film theory with various genres of speculative fiction. Recent books include Outré (2020), Natural Complexions (2019), J.G. Ballard (2017), Three Plays (2016), Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 1 (2015), and They Live (2 ...more

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