This intriguing novel reveals a woman sorely neglected by history: Sigmund Freud's wife, Martha. In this voyage into the depth of memory, comparable to that of psychoanalysis, Martha says more than she had ever intended. How is it possible to have spent my entire life without thinking a single minute for myself? How could I have dedicated every moment to the fulfillment of someone else's work - and life - to the detriment of mine? Why did I accept being upstaged, first by my own sister and later by my daughter? These are the gnawing questions Martha Freud struggles to answer when an American journalist engages her in a long correspondence at the end of her life after Sigmund died. From their letters, the woman whom biographers have painted as perfectly subservient, always in the shadow of the great man, emerges as a keen and thoughtful observer in her own right. Drawing on archival documents, letters, and papers, Mrs. Freud is a highly researched and informed view of an era shaken by wars and the birth of psychoanalysis. Nicolle Rosen, a psychoanalyst herself, shows Martha in a human light, as the privileged witness to Sigmund Freud. From this intimate perspective, we glimpse the great scientist and his famous daughter, Anna, described without any indulgence, as well as the entire Freud family in their peregrinations.
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