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My Book of the Century

My Book of the Century
My Book of the Century
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INTELLECTUALLY and artistically, the last hundred years have been Europe's century. It's unsurprising then that my best book comes from the heart of Europe, from Austria. It is Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams. Published at the beginning of the century, this book took a giant step in an endeavour which I believe will dominate the coming century: illumination of the mysteries of mind and human consciousness. Based on Freud's reflections upon his own dreams, this book not only gave a riveting account of his inner life as it expressed itself through the faunas of his nights but it also presided over the birth of a historically new realm that dominated the 20th century imagination: the personal and subjective. To paraphrase W.H. Auden's words about its author, The Interpretation of Dreams is no more a book but a whole climate of opinion.

Another book I must praise is Thomas Mann's tetralogy Joseph and His Brothers. In its evocation of unslaked lust, and life in ancient Egypt it is unsurpassed.

(Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst & writer)

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