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Anzieu-Premmereur, C. (2008). Discussion of Lois Oppenheim's “Life as Trauma, Art as Mastery”. Contemp. Psychoanal., 44(3):443-453.

(2008). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 44(3):443-453

Discussion of Lois Oppenheim's “Life as Trauma, Art as Mastery”

Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D.

Lois Oppenheim has offered us a very complete analysis of Samuel Beckett's creative work. We shared with her his huge suffering, his craziness connected to his family history, and his incredible energy in writing. Beckett was a brilliant artist whose creations are frightening for most of us and at the same time make us very curious about witnessing the pain of human beings. I discuss two points in particular: Oppenheim's hypothesis that trauma was the cause of Samuel Beckett's troubles and the influence on his writing of his experience with psychoanalysis.

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