The Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin: A Novel

Author(s) : William Rose

The Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin: A Novel

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It is Paris in the 1880s and the century is in its final decadent throes as it moves towards the fin de siecle. New scientific ideas are countered by a resurgent interest in the practice of magic, whilst in the arts the Symbolists are exploring the strangeness of dream and the imagination.

In the Salpêtrière Hospital, hundreds of female patients are suffering from the curious malady of 'hysteria'. Many of these are being treated by hypnosis under the regime of the celebrated and charismatic Professor J-M. Charcot. One such patient is Madeleine Seguin, a young woman whose past is a mystery and who evokes a fascination and possessiveness in those who come close to her.

As well as the doctors Madeleine will encounter a young Symbolist artist, a Catholic priest, a powerful aristocrat, and most dangerously, those practising the darkest aspects of the occult, each of whom will try to save or corrupt her. She must survive them all if she is to shape her own destiny.

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Read a review of this title in 'Medical Museum Blog - A Virtual Museum of Medical History'

Read a review of this title in 'Freud Museum London: Psychoanalysis Podcasts: The Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin: An Interview with William Rose'

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‘A masterpiece, full of sumptuous prose and compelling narrative. Rose’s text will delight anyone with even a passing interest in the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis as well as in developments in the art world at the turn of the last century. In view of the wonderful storytelling, it will also be a joy for general readers who delight in well-crafted books.’
- Professor Brett Kahr, author of Tea with Winnicott

‘Brilliantly bringing back to life the extraordinary characters of the time, Rose weaves his weird tale, producing a fascinating read and creating a Symbolist work of art in its own right.’
- Sean Jefferson, contemporary Symbolist artist

‘In recent years, Karnac Books has launched a series of fictional works, which provide a delightful counterbalance to the weighty clinical tomes which have become our standard reading materials. William Rose, a professional novelist, has sculpted a stunning story for us to enjoy, set in nineteenth-century Paris, about an hysterical female patient and her complex biographical journey. Anyone who maintains even the slightest interest in the work of Sigmund Freud's charismatic mentor in neurology, Professeur Jean-Martin Charcot, will absolutely feast on the tale of "Madeleine Seguin". Rose even conducted primary archival research in Charcot's old medical library; consequently, this book, though fictional, brims with convincing historical authenticity. I learned with great delight that Rose has already begun work on a sequel. The skilful and poetic prose of this novel will serve as a luxurious antidote to the proliferation of stodgy textbooks which clutter our desks and shelves.’
—Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, in the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health

About the Author(s)

William Rose was born and continues to live in London. He has had, for many years, a special interest in both the art of the Symbolist movement and the early development of psychoanalysis, two areas of cultural purpose that in their own very different ways, aimed to free the human psyche from the limitations of repression.

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