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Peskin, L. (2020). The psychoanalytic reason, an Oedipal reason: by Jaime I Szpilka, Madrid, Editorial Mentecata Ediciones, 2014, 238 pp., 18.00€, ISBN 978-84-941144-2-7. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 101(1):227-230.

(2020). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 101(1):227-230

The psychoanalytic reason, an Oedipal reason: by Jaime I Szpilka, Madrid, Editorial Mentecata Ediciones, 2014, 238 pp., 18.00€, ISBN 978-84-941144-2-7

Review by:
Leonardo Peskin

A brief review of this book is no easy task given the conceptual density that characterizes Szpilka’s body of work. I was recently given the opportunity to introduce and discuss several of his works, in addition to reviewing his biography and collected works. This, alongside the long history of our relationship, places me in a position to make some broad stroke observations in regard to locating this text within his wider thought.

Shortly after writing a beautiful and profound collection of short stories, La Tzibeles (2013), which reveals several autobiographical details, Szpilka wished to return to an earlier work (Believing in the Unconscious).

Perhaps the book of short stories may be considered an attempt to explore the fantasmatic dimensions of his own identity and, by way of a self-analysis, to find another way to explore certain original themes in greater depth; original in the dual sense of the origin of human reason, and the origin of himself as a person. La Tzibeles reflects a sophisticated humour and a subtle characterization of the vicissitudes of the life of the protagonist, seldom found in literature written by psychoanalysts. In fact, this is a portrayal of the innermost workings of the author’s own personality. In essence the stories boil down to this: the things that are seemingly most consistent in a person’s life turn out to reveal their inconsistency in manifold, humorous and ingenious ways, leading us to the conclusion that one should in fact “believe in the unconscious”.

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