European Union Prize for Literature

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14 May 2012

Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski talks about his novel "Sigmund Freud's Sister" in Brussels

Goce Smilevski at Passa Porta on June 6th, 8 pm

Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski will talk about his novel, Freud and his era. He will be joined on the Passa Porta stage by Prof. Dr. Stijn Vanheule from the Department of Psycho-analysis of Ghent University, who will compare the fictional to the historical Freud and share his insight in the theory of psycho-analysis. Interview by Anna Luyten.

Sigmund Freud's Sister is a novel told from the point of view of Adolfina, one of Sigmund Freud's sisters, that offers an intriguing insight in one of the most prominent thinkers of the 20th century. Adolfina Freud's personal story mirrors the rise and fall of the era that begins with optimism in the middle of the 19th Century and ends with the Holocaust in the Second World War. Set in Vienna, the novel portrays the relations within the Freud family, that could be seen as the soil from which grew Freud's ideas on dreams, the Oedipus complex and the death instinct. Its narrative structure relates a recollection of memories, which draw upon the interplay between the life of the Freud family and the theory of psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Freud's Sister has been translated into over 15 languages and was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature.

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