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Grinberg, L. (1984). La Triple Vida Sexual De Freud Y Otras Freudiomanías. (Freud's Triple Sexual Life and Other Freudian Crazes.): By Santiago Dubcovsky. Buenos Aires: Ediciones La Antorcha. 1983. Pp. 246.. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 11:493-494.

(1984). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 11:493-494

La Triple Vida Sexual De Freud Y Otras Freudiomanías. (Freud's Triple Sexual Life and Other Freudian Crazes.): By Santiago Dubcovsky. Buenos Aires: Ediciones La Antorcha. 1983. Pp. 246.

Review by:
León Grinberg

In the first part of this book, Dr Dubcovsky undertakes a 'psychobiographical' analysis of Freud's sexuality, mingling factual data with his own fantasies and with imaginary accounts.

The second part, Freudiomanías, much shorter and serving as a sort of complement or addendum to the previous study, refers to 'that benign madness which seizes devotees of psychoanalysis and is reflected in their attempts to get close to their idol through the possession of objects which belonged to him or through imitation of some of his peculiarities …' It contains a series of reflections, witticisms and observations in the same humorous and ironic vein.

Therefore, this is not an authentic biography of Freud. Neither is it an apologetic or defamatory biographical study. A rapid reading of some of the chapters of the first part might give the impression of an irreverent attitude towards Freud's personality. However, this is not the case; as reading of the book progresses on a deeper level, we see more clearly the author's purpose of getting closer to a more human and tender Freud. These qualities, precisely, are what stand out in the Freud portrayed in his fantasies and imaginings, together with the picture of a passionate lover.

According to Dubcovsky, Freud's Triple Sexual Life … seeks to give a tridimensional vision at three levels: 'real, symbolic and imaginary', 'infantile, adolescent, and adult', and 'Confessed, interpreted and apocryphal'. But the term 'triple' may also be a subtle and provocative reference to three women whose photographs illustrate the cover of the book: his wife Martha, his sister-in-law Minna, and his disciple Lou Andreas Salomé.

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