By (author) Jonathan Tel
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Freud's Alphabet by Jonathan Tel
Book DescriptionFreud - dying of cancer - has come to London to escape persecution in Austria, bringing with him his famous couch, his collection of tribal totems and his insights into the English. Cared for by his biographer and doctor, Jones, Freud explores the city of Woolf and Eliot, of bankers, fishwives and travelling tradesmen, considering everything in the light of his own desire to find an underlying, rational explanation for irrational behaviour. The city, in turn, asserts its own surrealism, defying explanation, happy to prove one thing and also its opposite. In the background, the nation prepares for its greatest act of rational madness - war. Jonathan Tel's first novel is a small masterpiece: a brilliant and playful insight into Freud and the English; and a beautiful evocation of the period, with its buses and fogs and housewives and men in suits. It is a surrealist Wasteland, a post-modern MRS DALLOWAY.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743239172
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jonathan Tel
Freud's Alphabet, Hardback (June 2003)
This narrative, based on fact, describes the last days of Freud's life; it is also a series of riffs on Freud's ideas. It is the guide to all our dreams, and the guidebook to the world in which, ever since Freud, we have all been living.
Arafat's Elephant, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by Jonathan Tel
Set in Jerusalem, now, in the past, and in the future, this collection introduces us to a range of complex characters: some extraordinary in their ordinariness; others lifted from history; still others with significant lives simply because of where they are or who they're with at a single moment.
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Author Biography - Jonathan Tel
Jonathan Tel trained as a theoretical physicist, and his short fiction has appeared in Granta magazine. He now travels between London, New York and Jerusalem.
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