Death of Sigmund Freud : Fascism, Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Fundamentalism
When Hitler invaded Vienna in the winter of 1938, Sigmund Freud, old and desperately ill, was among the city's 175,000 Jews dreading Nazi occupation. Here Mark Edmundson traces Hitler and Freud's oddly converging lives, then zeroes in on the last two years of Freud's life, during which he was rescued and brought to London. Edmundson probes Freud's ideas about secular death and the rise of fascism and fundamentalism, and grapples with the demise of psychoanalysis after Freud's death now that religious fundamentalism is once again shaping world events.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 129 x 198 x 18mm | 310g
- 18 Aug 2008
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'As tense as any thriller ... Edmundson traces some very interesting links between Freud and Hitler' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'This book, readable and thrilling, should, I need hardly add, be read' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times 'By tracing the intersecting stories of Freud and Hitler in the days before World War II, Edmundson sheds a fresh light on the allure of fundamentalist politics and the threat it poses to the values of civilization ... a bracing, brilliant, and urgent book' Michael Pollan 'Edmundson deftly entwines the gripping story of the dying Freud's flight to England after the Anschluss in 1938 with a persuasive case for his standing as a political thinker ... riveting' Jonathan Derbyshire, Guardian
About Mark Edmundson
Mark Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. A prize-winning scholar, he has published a number of works of literary and cultural criticism, including Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida, and Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. He has also written for such publications as the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor.