Surviving Anne: A Novel

Author(s) : Gustavo Dessal, Translator : Daniel Tunnard

Surviving Anne: A Novel

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : November 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 276
  • Category :
    Selected Fiction, Biography and Memoir
  • Catalogue No : 37179
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203223
  • ISBN 10 : 1782203222
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'Was I born with something broken, or did it break later?'

This novel is an intimate exploration of the severe psychological difficulties suffered by a woman whose parents survived a Nazi concentration camp. In it, Anne meets Dr Palmer, with whom she begins a psychotherapeutic journey that will lead her to a surprising resolution.

Much more than the misfortunes of a singular drama, this is an immersion into the innermost folds of the human condition, where loneliness, helplessness, and the struggle between madness and the desire to live meet.

Throughout her treatment, Anne becomes a mirror in which each reader will recognise at least one of his or her own traits. This is a story which brings together the pain of existence and the courage of someone who, with the help of her therapist, manages to get her life back on track.

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‘This is a brilliantly constructed psychological thriller, and a unique peek into the world of madness, guided by the psychoanalytical teachings of Jacques Lacan.’
- Maria Cristina Aguirre, PhD, President of the Council of the Lacanian Compass

About the Author(s)

Gustavo Dessal was born in Buenos Aires but settled in Madrid in 1982, where he now lives and works. He is a psychoanalyst, trained in Argentina and France. He writes essays about his speciality, and also fiction. His last two novels are Clandestinidad (Buenos Aires, 2010) and Micronesia (Buenos Aires, 2014). In 2014 he also published the essay El retorno del péndulo (Buenos Aires y Madrid, 2014) with Zygmunt Bauman. His works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. He works as a visiting professor in Spain, Argentina, France, Italy, England and Ireland.

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