Where Three Roads Meet

Where Three Roads Meet

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It is 1938 and Sigmund Freud, suffering from the debilitating effects of cancer, has been permitted by the Nazis to leave Vienna. He seeks refuge in England, taking up residence in the house in Hampstead in which he will die only fifteen months later. But his last months are made vivid by the arrival of a stranger, who comes and goes according to Freud's state of health. Who is the mysterious visitor and why has he come to tell the famed proponent of the Oedipus complex his strange story? Set partly in pre-war London and partly in ancient Greece, WHERE THREE ROADS MEETS is as brilliantly compelling as it is moving. Former psychoanalyst and acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers revisits a crime committed long ago which still has disturbing reverberations for us all.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 160g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847670725
  • 9781847670724
  • 104,704

About Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers has worked as a teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She is the author of the bestselling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3 and The Other Side of You. She now writes full time. Check out the website www.themyths.co.uk.show more

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'A bright, fine-cut gem.' Sunday Times Sigmund Freud lies ill. A man whose work, whose very life, has depended on the power of speech has now been all but silenced by cancer of the jaw. In the waking darkness he receives a strange visitor, who has come to tell a story that Freud will recognize. But this is a different account of what happened when Oedipus met his father at the place where three roads meet. Salley Vickers's retelling of this great tragedy is as enlightening as it is unexpected. It is also a deeply moving portrait of the last days of Freud. 'Simply and strongly done, laying bare many of our mortal anxieties.' Bettany Hughes, The Times 'A book to dwell on, to ponder, and delight in.' Allan Massie, Herald 'Intelligent and thoughtful.' Stevie Smith, Independent 'A writer who can engage the heart as well as the mind.' Daily Telegraphshow more

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The novel is a bright, hard, fine-cut gem * The Sunday Times * Simply and strongly done, laying bare many of our mortal anxieties * The Times * This is a book to dwell on, to ponder, and delight in * Scotsman * [A] witty, ingenious novel ... Vickers is comically irreverent about her own profession and deft at teasing out the slippery truths of Oedipus's tale. -- Anushka Asthana * Observer * The latest in Canongate's admirable series of myths ... shows the author at her most beguiling ... full of insight and humour, offering a glimpse into the workings of a great mind faced with the conundrum of human suffering. -- Christina Koning * The Times * A delicate, moving intersection of exile and solace amid dark predictions of impending catastrophe. -- Catherine Taylor * Guardian *show more

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