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Hügglund, T. (1999). Glöd I Mörker - Konstnaärssjälen, Skapandet och Psykoanalysen (Embers glowing in the dark the artist's soul, creativity and psychoanalysis): Else-Britt Kjellqvist. Stockholm: Carlssons BokfÖrlag, 1997. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(1):121-125.

(1999). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 22(1):121-125

Glöd I Mörker - Konstnaärssjälen, Skapandet och Psykoanalysen (Embers glowing in the dark the artist's soul, creativity and psychoanalysis): Else-Britt Kjellqvist. Stockholm: Carlssons BokfÖrlag, 1997

Review by:
Tor-Björn Hügglund

In the context of Nordic psychoanalysis, The Swedish Psychoanalytical Society has in many ways been a forerunner. Lately, readers of Swedish have been treated to a large number of books representing the width and breadth of the Swedish analysts' interest in psychoanalytic thought.

Else-Britt Kjellqvist is one of those Swedes; a practicing psychoanalyst and author who writes psychoanalytic literature as well as fiction in the form of poetry. Else-Britt Kjellqvist as well as Swedish psychoanalysis in general, display a strong sense of identification with psychoanalysis' founding father Sigmund Freud.

How does one handle the tension that exists between psychoanalysis and fiction; between the psychoanalyst and the artist, and the dual identity that this entails? Despite everything, it seems to me that the conflict is of an illusory character and that it is overcome when the two identities merge in a shared effort to express the unconscious, hidden flame burning at the heart of the human soul. I believe that Else-Britt Kjellqvist expresses a similar view when she writes:

One reason for writing this book is my wish to take a closer look at the tension between the psychoanalyst and the artist. Maybe my sense of a disharmonious relation between the two, is not only a reflection of my inner conflict, but also a fragment from the larger picture of the relationship between art and psychoanalysis. In a dialogue with psychoanalysts, artists, poets, authors and critics, I wish to explore this relationship.

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