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Life With Lacan

Life With Lacan

Catherine Millot, Andrew Brown (Translator)

ISBN: 978-1-509-52505-8

May 2018, Polity

128 pages


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'There was a time when I felt that I had grasped Lacan's essential being from within - that I had gained, as it were, an apperception of his relation to the world, a mysterious access to that intimate place from which sprang his relation to people and things, and even to himself. It was as if I had slipped within him.'

In this short book, Catherine Millot offers a richly evocative reflection on her life as analysand and lover of the greatest psychoanalyst since Freud. From time in Paris to his country house in Guitrancourt, Millot provides unparalleled insight into Lacan's character as well as his encounters with other major European thinkers of the time. She also sheds new light on key themes, including Lacan's obsession with the Borromean knot and gradual descent into silence, all enlivened by her unique perspective. 

This beautifully written memoir, awarded the Prix de littérature André-Gide, will be of interest to anyone wishing to understand the life and character of a thinker who continues to exert a wide influence in psychoanalysis and across the humanities and social sciences.

""This beautiful poetic book is not only a unique portrait of Lacan by someone who knew him better than others, but is in itself a remarkable literary and autobiographical work. It draws us into the adventure of psychoanalysis, into a relationship with all its complexities, and into an era, described with an elegance and precision that we find so rarely today. A remarkable work that will find a readership far beyond psychoanalytic circles.""
Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst and author