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Van Der Heide, D.J. (2016). The Girl Who Committed Hara-Kiri and other Clinical and Historical Essays. By Franco Borgogno; translated by Alice Spence. London: Karnac Books, 2013. 430 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 85(4):1028-1036.
   

(2016). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 85(4):1028-1036

The Girl Who Committed Hara-Kiri and other Clinical and Historical Essays. By Franco Borgogno; translated by Alice Spence. London: Karnac Books, 2013. 430 pp.

Review by:
Douglas J. Van Der Heide

Scholarly books and papers are written at least in part to stimulate discussion among the author's peers. In this book, that intention is taken a step further, as Franco Borgogno, following the presentation of one of his early cases, responds to commentaries he has requested from a number of well-known psychoanalytic thinkers on the clinical material presented. This is an unusual and potentially interesting approach as it allows the reader to appreciate the thinking of such psychoanalysts as Neil Altman, Alina Schellekes, Theodore Jacobs, and Carlos Nemirovsky, among others, as they consider Borgogno's work and offer their own perspectives.

As a read, this is a wonderful opportunity to be in the trenches with other psychoanalysts, listening to the clinical material and observing the evolution of Borgogno's theoretical perspective. My single complaint is that at times the material feels tedious and repetitious, in part because so many of the contributors seem quite close to each other in their outlook and psychoanalytic bent.

In perhaps an unintended consequence, The Girl Who Committed Hara-Kiri serves to highlight how far many contemporary analysts, both here and abroad, have strayed in their practices from a “classical” Freudian perspective.

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