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Hamilton, J. (2007). The Killing Ear: Stories by Marike Finlay-de Monchy; illustrations by Jaswant Guzder Halifax, ns: Big Splash Books, 2003, 230 pp.. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15(1):191-194.

(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(1):191-194

The Killing Ear: Stories by Marike Finlay-de Monchy; illustrations by Jaswant Guzder Halifax, ns: Big Splash Books, 2003, 230 pp.

Review by:
Judith Hamilton

Finlay-de Monchy has written a series of eight short stories or tales or, as she might say, psychoanalytic fictions. She is a practising psychoanalyst, trained in Montreal. Alongside, or prior to that, Finlay-de Monchy had achieved a PhD in comparative literature at L'Université de Montréal, an MSc in psychiatry at McGill University, and was for twenty years a professor of communications and literature at McGill University. According to information on the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia website, she now lives on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, and is the owner and director of Quoddy's Run, a small press and cultural centre. Finlay-de Monchy is an experienced blue-water sailor, an avid environmentalist, and in August 2006, was appointed deputy leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. She is described as a practising psychoanalyst; as attested to by these stories, she is certainly experiencing her life psychoanalytically.

When Finlay-de Monchy served as guest editor of this journal in the fall of 2002, she entitled the issue “Psychoanalysis and Poiesis / Psychanalyse et poïésis,” proposing to her contributing authors that they undertake to

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