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Freud - 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 Details

ISBN: 9780743239172
ISBN-10: 0743239172
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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