Israel Rosenfield

"Freud's Megalomania"

By Israel Rosenfield

Published October 6, 2000 12:17AM (EDT)

Israel Rosenfield writes frequently for The New York Review of Books and teaches history at the City University of New York. He is the author of a number of nonfiction books.

His first work of fiction, "Freud's Megalomania," (Norton) was called "a clever performance on a very small, slippery, and seldom-entered stage" by the Boston Globe. Blending historical fact and dazzling fiction, Rosenfield weaves a tale of Freud's illegitimate granddaughter, a modern scientist's efforts to build the ultimate robot, and Freud's long-lost final manuscript. With this new fictional evidence, Rosenfield asks the reader to consider whether Freud's life's work was all wrong and whether or not this great arrogant mind suffered from self-delusion.

"A wonderfully contrived novel that evokes Freud's ambition as well as his self-deception." --The New York Times

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