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Steiner, R. (1987). Narcissisme De Vie. Narcissisme De Mort: By André Green. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. 1983.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:133-138.

(1987). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 68:133-138

Narcissisme De Vie. Narcissisme De Mort: By André Green. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. 1983.

Review by:
Riccardo Steiner

Narcissisme de Vie. Narcissisme de Mort is a very interesting and important book. André Green should not need to be presented to an English-speaking public audience. Yet due to a certain impermeability to the work of analysts not belonging to an English-speaking area and other cultural and sometimes even personal factors, Green's work, like that of other leading French analysts, has often remained rather unknown in England and America despite the fact that one of his most fascinating books has already been translated into English several years ago (Green, 1979). See also the recently published Private Madness (1986), a translation of several of Green's most significant papers.

Personally I think that many readers would enjoy his 'Hamlet et Hamlet' (1983) as well, if it were to be translated. Yet despite his interests in applied psychoanalysis especially to literature but not exclusively so, Green has recently produced a particularly in-depth and highly personal contribution to the relationships between language and psychoanalysis (1984). Likewise, he is also the author of many important papers and books on psychoanalytical theory and on clinical problems related to his personal clinical practice.

One has only to remind the reader in England of a very courageous book Le Discours Vivant(1973) which is a passionate defence of the value and importance of affects in Freud's and in post Freudian psychoanalysis; trying to come to grips with Lacan and his followers and their views in France during the late sixties—not an easy task at all! Another important clinical study worth mentioning is La Psychose Blanche, written by Green in collaboration with J.

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