On the Death of My Father. A Psychoanalyst's Memoir

Author: Silberberg, Martin
Year:1995
Pages:164
ISBN:0-7734-9052-3
978-0-7734-9052-9
Price:159.95
{The death of one's father is} "the most important event, the most poignant loss, of a man's life." -- Sigmund Freud
When the author's father died a few years ago he was shaken by feelings of unsuspected depth. This memoir is a narrative of his personal struggle to comprehend and integrate his father's death into his life. In this very thoughtful, simply written and, at times, wrenching analysis of this relationship with his father, the author offers perceptive insights about the entire process of loss and mourning both as it relates to the living and those who have died which reaches beyond his own individual experience.

Reviews

"The anonymous author of this remarkable book has chosen the death of his father as a vantage point from which to survey his own life as well as the lives of his parents. He has done so with unflinching, and we may even say, merciless honesty. We can credit him with discovering a novel way of accomplishing the work of mourning. . . . By choosing to remain anonymous. . . . it is possible that the author has discovered a literary form that brings us closer to life's truth. . . . I read the manuscript with great interest." -- Martin S. Bergmann, Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University. Member, International Psychoanalytic Association

"This candid account of an analyst's experience of the death of his father is of interest not only as an exceptionally introspective case study in grief but also as a model of self-analysis." - Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic