The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days
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The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days

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A dramatic revisiting of Freud's escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna, his final days on earth, and his most controversial work—Moses and Monotheism.

When Hitler invaded Vienna in March of 1938, Sigmund Freud, old and desperately ill, was among the city's 175,000 Jews dreading Nazi occupation. The Nazis hated Sigmund Freud with a particular vehemence: they detested his "soul-destroying glorification of the instinctual life." Here Mark Edmundson traces Hitler and Freud's oddly converging lives, then zeroes in on Freud's last two years, during which, with the help of Marie Bonaparte, he was at last rescued from Vienna and brought safely to London. There he was honored as he never had been during his long, controversial life. At the same time he endured the last of more than thirty operations for cancer of the jaw. Confronting certain death, Freud, in typical fashion, did not let fame make him complacent, but instead wrote his most provocative book, Moses and Monotheism, in which he questioned the legacy of the greatest Jewish leader. Focusing on Freud's last two years, Edmundson is able to probe Freud's ideas about death, and also about the human proclivity to embrace fascism in politics and fundamentalism in religion. Edmundson suggests new and important ways to view Freud's legacy, at a time when these forces are once again shaping world events.

Title:The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1582345376
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

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  • Bettie?
    Oct 17, 2014

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  • S.
    Oct 30, 2014

    This was a readable memoir of Freud in the last two years of his life. He flees Vienna reluctantly as the Nazis take power and relocates to England. I enjoyed the book for the glimpse it provided of F...

  • Laura
    Oct 30, 2014

    From BBC radio 4 - Book of the Week:4 Extra Debut. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is beset by illness, and the threat of Hitler invading Austria....

  • Rachel
    Sep 22, 2007

    I just finished this book this afternoon. It just took two or three days, although I'm not usually such a fast reader. It's very clear, readable, but also highly intelligent and original. What many pe...

  • Mazola1
    May 07, 2008

    This book focuses on the last two years of Freud's life, when he was old, riddled with the cancer that would kill him, and the Nazis were taking over Austria, forcing him to flee from Vienna to London...

  • Carol
    Jun 04, 2013

    Edmundson's biography of Freud intertwines his later years when Hitler takes over Vienna - the city where Freud lives. Freud is a Jew by birth and one of the early well known psychoanalysts. He relate...

  • Sue Pit
    Apr 28, 2011

    This book juxtaposes Freud with Hitler interestingly. Obviously, Hitler affected the last times of Freud as his actions effected a need for a change of Freud's location in his latter years. I had just...

  • Dzimmerman
    Jul 03, 2008

    Vivid depiction of Freud's last days and the important people who populated his later life. A sympathetic portrayal of a highly controversial figure. It's a quick read. Gives enough political/historic...

  • Christine
    Oct 30, 2014

    BBC 4 Extra Debut.(view spoiler)[1. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is beset by illness, and the threat of Hitler invading Austria.2. The Nazis enter Freud's house, and he fears for his family as interro...

  • Willem van der Scheun
    Mar 05, 2011

    This book had been lying around for two years, but our recent visit to Vienna seemed like a good reason to read it. And it proved to be a remarkable book about Freud's last two years (1938-1939) from ...