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Paikin, H. (2004). Själen som vägrade krympa. Essäer i judiske ämnen [The soul that refused to shrink. Essays on Jewish topics] By Mikael Enckell Stockholm: Carlssons. 2002. 223 pp.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 85(1):232-236.

(2004). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 85(1):232-236

Själen som vägrade krympa. Essäer i judiske ämnen [The soul that refused to shrink. Essays on Jewish topics] By Mikael Enckell Stockholm: Carlssons. 2002. 223 pp.

Review by:
Henning Paikin

The prominent Finnish psychoanalyst Mikael Enckell for many years has published articles and books on film and literature and, recently, on Jewish issues. He was bestowed the Swedish Academy's Finland Award in 1998 for this literary activity, which is an outstanding example of psychoanalytic outreach or so-called applied psychoanalysis.

Enckell's latest book is a collection of nine essays on the history of ideas and on Jewish and psychoanalytical issues.

The initial chapter is rich in examples of contemporary, vulgar or ill-concealed anti-Semitic allegations which, to Enckell's surprise, could be voiced in public only 50 years after the horrors of the concentration camps became common knowledge—and above all in the Nordic countries where ‘we in naïve self-glorification fancy ourselves to be relatively free from anti-Semitism’ (p. 19).

Enckell

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