Dreaming for Freud

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2014 - Fiction - 232 pages
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An award-winning author reimagines one of Freudís most famous and controversial cases

Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Love Child, Sheila Kohlerís latest is inspired by Sigmund Freudís Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria. Dreaming for Freud paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of historyís most famous patients.

In the fall of 1900, Doraís father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life, and above all about her father's desires as far as she is concerned. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In Dreaming for Freud, Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.

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Review: Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

User Review  - Viviane Crystal - Goodreads

Sigmund Freud began his practice of psychoanalysis with few patients and none who stayed long enough for him to believe he had completed a cure for their psychological problems. This is his story ... Read full review

Review: Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

User Review  - Ivyd - Goodreads

3.5 stars DREAMING FOR FREUD is Sheila Kohler's intimate conjecture of Dora (Freud's best known patient) and Freud, their time together, influence on each other, and lives after their final meeting ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award made into a film starring Eva Green. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

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