Dreaming For Freud: A Novel

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Dreaming For Freud: A Novel

by Sheila Kohler

Penguin Books | May 27, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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An award-winning author reimagines one of Freud’s most famous and controversial cases

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

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.81 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143125192

ISBN - 13: 9780143125198

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Dreaming For Freud: A Novel

by Sheila Kohler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.81 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143125192

ISBN - 13: 9780143125198

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An award-winning author reimagines one of Freud’s most famous and controversial cases

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

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s 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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sheila Kohler''s work: “Kohler is undoubtedly a talent to watch.” – Vogue   “Hypnotic…unsettling…a combination of domestic drama and psychological thriller.” – San Francisco Chronicle   “Erotic and disturbing.” – Vanity Fair   “Riveting…. Kohler’s writing is so smoothly confident and erotic that she has produced a tale resonant with a chilling power all its own” – Elle   “Spare, haunting” – Marie Claire   “A real master of narrative.” – Kirkus   “Her themes of displacement and alienation cut to the heart as she quietly strips away the tales we tell ourselves in order to go on from day to day.” – Booklist   “There is a territory – fictional and psychological – that Sheila Kohler has now marked as her own. It is a real achievement. I am full of admiration.” – J.M. Coetzee   “Sheila Kohler’s timeless stories are always transporting. The elegance of her writing underscores the charged, disturbing behavior she presents so vividly.” – Amy Hempel   “I was absolutely enthralled reading Sheila Kohler’s latest collection. Her stories are elegant, smooth, and gorgeously sensual, belying the tension that crackles beneath. Long after I’ve finished reading one of her stories, the image continues to pulse.” R
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