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Short-listed for FAF Translation Prize 2017; Nominated for James Tait Black Prize 2016
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In His Time and Ours

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Inbunden,  Franska, 2021-01-07
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lisabeth Roudinesco offers a bold and modern reinterpretation of the iconic founder of psychoanalysis. Based on new archival sources, this is Freuds biography for the twenty-first centurya critical appraisal, at once sympathetic and impartial, of a genius greatly admired and yet greatly misunderstood in his own time and in ours. Roudinesco traces Freuds life from his upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings in a prosperous Jewish-Austrian household to his final days in London, a refugee of the Nazis annexation of his homeland. She recreates the milieu of fin de sicle Vienna in the waning days of the Habsburg Empirean era of extraordinary artistic innovation, given luster by such luminaries as Gustav Klimt, Stefan Zweig, and Gustav Mahler. In the midst of it all, at the modest residence of Berggasse 19, Freud pursued his clinical investigation of nervous disorders, blazing a path into the unplumbed recesses of human consciousness and desire. Yet this revolutionary who was overthrowing cherished notions of human rationality and sexuality was, in his politics and personal habits, in many ways conservative, Roudinesco shows. In his chauvinistic attitudes toward women, and in his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing threat of Hitler until it was nearly too late, even the analytically-minded Freud had his blind spots. Alert to his intellectual complexitythe numerous tensions in his character and thought that remained unresolvedRoudinesco ultimately views Freud less as a scientific thinker than as the master interpreter of civilization and culture.
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  1. En mycket gedigen Freudbiografi
    Tomas Wånge, 15 maj 2018

    Sigmund Freud var en av den västerländska kulturens största tänkare och hans psykoanalys är en märklig och svårbeskrivbar teori på många sätt, ibland också motsägelsefull. Något som gjort det svårt för många att närma sig psykoanalysen har varit de sektliknande konstellationer kring olika psykoanalytiska skolbildningar där företrädare uppträtt likt överstepräster och ibland helt okritiskt har idealiserat eller skapat myter kring Freud, Klein eller Lacan. Denna mycket speciella situation gör d... Läs hela recensionen

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Do we think we know all there is to know about Freud? Not even close. lisabeth Roudinescos book is full of fresh facts about Freuds life and potent interpretation of his work. A sparkling and highly original intellectual biography. -- Mark Edmundson, author of <i>The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days</i> Through seamlessly and eloquently weaving together details from Freuds time and our own, [Roudinesco] provides a refreshingly new and welcome accountwarts and all. -- Janet Sayers * Times Higher Education * [Roudinesco] provides an insightful, balanced, and sympathetic portrait of Freud. As she assesses Freuds revolutionary ideas about rationality, sexuality, and the unconscious, Roudinesco demonstrates that Freud was less a scientific thinker who uncovered universal truths than a product of his time: a genius, to be sure, but very much a bourgeois shaped by society, family, and politics in the late 19th centuryHer critique has an especially persuasive force because it is grounded not only in an analysis of Freuds books, diaries, and letters but from accounts of his sessions with patients. -- Glenn C. Altschuler * Psychology Today * What makes Freud: In His Time And Ourssuch a captivating read, is the authors ability to explain what are often complex, deeply-layered, and dark taboo subjects, into a language that is easily understood[A] brilliant biography. -- J. P. OMallery * Irish Examiner * lisabeth Roudinescos new biography, Freud: In His Time and Ours, is a welcome reminder of Freuds considerable influence on 20th-century intellectual life. More important, she puts center stage Freuds complex brand of rationalism and the full scope of his achievements, which went far beyond offering a cure for individuals. In particular, Roudinesco captures Freuds recognition of the insurmountable ways in which our irrational desires and longings shape who we are and how we act. This correction is needed not only to give us a more accurate sense of Freuds innovations, but also to contrast it against todays more complacent assumptions about human rationality. Despite what economists and psychologists and political scientists insist, the rational self is not always master in its own housewhether in individual life or in collective experienceRoudinesco recounts Freuds life and the development of his thought with great flair. -- Samuel Moyn * The Nation * Freud, a pioneer in creative biography, meets his analyst, a woman who illuminates modern psychology and social evolution for general audiences. This is perhaps the most important Freud biography since that of Jones, and a welcome corrective. -- E. James Lieberman * Library Journal (starred review) * A new standard[A] masterful achievementIt has thetangible mix of insouciance, scholarly thoroughness and psychoanalytic acumen, and it demonstrates Roudinescos critical and philosophical talent. The books strength is not so much in providing new material, although it does supply intriguing details about Freuds patients and his relationships with family, friends, opponents and disciples. Rather, Roudinesco offers us a rereading of Freud that makes sense of him in relation to his emergence in the Jewish Vienna of the second half of the 19th century, and to the old Europe to which he was so attached until it crumbled in the 20th. -- Stephen Frosh * Jewish Chronicle * [A] compelling biographyForget the science: Roudinesco presents a brilliant cultural commentator, a man who married Romanticism and science in a way attractive to the belle poque. In fact, the biographer anchors Freud to his time and place in a way he himselffor all his focus on civilization and its discontentsnever managed. -- Brian Bethune * Macleans * This is a book which eschews simple answers and is thus a significant milestone in our understanding of Freud Roudinescos work is both comprehe

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lisabeth Roudinesco is Head of Research in History at the University of Paris Diderot (Paris 7).