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The Interpretation of Murder

A Novel

by Jed Rubenfeld

The Interpretation of Murder
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    Sep 2006, 384 pages
    Jun 2007, 450 pages

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The Interpretation of Murder is inspired by the real-life mystery surrounding Freud's one and only visit to America in 1909 when he came to deliver lectures at Clark University. The trip appeared to be a tremendous success and Freud was portrayed glowingly in newspapers. However, he returned to Europe referring to Americans as "savages" and "primitives" and blaming America for his breakdown in health, even though he had been sick well before visiting the USA.

Although many of Freud's theories have been rejected, his memory, and some of his methods, live on. One example is the "Freudian slip" (medically known as parapraxia - from the Greek para - beside, and praxis - action) in which a slip of the tongue is thought to reveal a ...

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