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Fernando, J. (2015). Dark Matters: Exploring the Realm of Psychic Devastation. By Ira Brenner. London: Karnac Books, 2014, xiv + 274 pp., $41.95 paperback. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(5):1036-1043.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(5):1036-1043

Dark Matters: Exploring the Realm of Psychic Devastation. By Ira Brenner. London: Karnac Books, 2014, xiv + 274 pp., $41.95 paperback

Review by:
Joseph Fernando

Ira Brenner has been an important contributor to the psychoanalytic literature on various aspects of trauma for a few decades now (see, e.g., Brenner 1988, 2001, 2004). As interest in trauma has grown, both inside and outside of analysis, many others have joined him. Brenner remains, however, in something of a unique position, for a number of reasons that I will detail, and thus any publication of his commands more than the usual amount of interest. I will first summarize some of the contents of his new book and then look at its overarching themes. Finally, I will attempt to delve a little deeper into how far we have come in understanding trauma, thanks in part to Brenner's work, and ask where we might go from here.

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