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G. Leo (editor) J. Altounian   W. Bohleber  J. Deutsch   Y. Gampel    H. Halberstadt-Freud   R. D. Hinshelwood   N. Janigro    R. K. Papadopoulos   M. Ritter    S. Varvin   H.-J. Wirth


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Psychoanalysis has always had to reckon with the epistemology of the witnessing of the analysand, but perhaps it has only recently been reckoning with the discourse of the ethics of testimony. “Here I am” is the answer addressed to those who call on us to testify. And who are the people who have answered with a “Here I am” in this book dedicated to the places of the memory of ‘Mediterranean civilisations and their discontents’? The reference to the work of the same name by Freud (1929) is clear here, but what many of the authors and of the essays in it seem to have in common is the attention to the traumatic nature of certain places of the memory: theatres of wars, such as the wars in the Balkans at the centre of the contribution by Nicole Janigro, lines in the diary of a father, who miraculously survived genocide, that a daughter-essayst (Janine Altounian) wrenches from oblivion, or even non-places of a memory in which the witnesses-survivors are the many refugees who have fled their homelands. As Bohleber writes, psychoanalysis began as a theory of trauma. In this book, the places of the memory are often the rooms of analysis, places of re-evocation of collective traumas which have not always taken place historically along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. In some cases, the victims of collective traumas, undergone in the home Mediterranean countries, take their dramas of migrants and refugees to analysts in the North of Europe (as in the case of Varvin and Papadopoulos). In other pieces, neither the geographical origin of the analysand nor that of the analyst have apparently any connection with the Mediterranean. We are referring to the essay by the U.S. analyst Maria Ritter and that of the Dutch analyst Halberstadt-Freud: however, in them, the consulting rooms are places of the memory in which the analyst reflects on the subject of trans-generational transmission of collective guilt connected with Nazism and with the Shoah, which also affected the history of Mediterranean countries. In other contributions in this book, the places of the memory are those of the Middle East caught up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From different points of view, three authors, the Israeli psychoanalyst Yolanda Gampel, the Canadian analyst Judith Deutsch and the German psychoanalyst Hans-Jurgen Wirth, speak to us of places of the memory where the collective traumas have not been assigned once and for all to the work of historians (as in the case of the Shoah and of the other genocides of the 20th entury) as, unfortunately, they are still on-going.

AA. VV., Psychoanalysis, Collective Traumas and Memory Places, (English Edition) Collection "Mediterranean                   Id-entities",  Frenis Zero   2015,        ISBN 978-88-97479-09-3, € 35,50.

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G. Leo (editor) D. Mann  G. Northoff  A.N. Schore R. Stickgold  B.A. Van Der Kolk             G. Vaslamatzis  M.P. Walker


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The book gathers some papers concerning the dialogue between neuroscience and psychoanalysis. Following the Introduction written by Georg Northoff, concerning the possibility of overcoming the highly impasse generating contraposition between localizationism and holism, G. Vaslamatzis deals with a “Framework for a new dialogue between psychoanalysis and neurosciences”. In this chapter the author describes three points of epistemological congruence: firstly, dualism is no longer a satisfactory solution; secondly, cautions for the centrality of interpretation (hermeneutics); and, thirdly, the self-criticism of neuroscientists. David W.Mann in his contribution “The mirror crack’d: dissociation and reflexivity in self and group phenomena” tries to show how reflexive processes generate each of three levels of the human system (self, relationships, group) and integrate them one to another, while dissociative processes tend throughout to pull them apart. Health and illness within the self, the relationship and the group can be understood as special states of the dynamic equilibria between these cohesive and dispersive trends. In “Sleep, memory and plasticity” Matthew P. Walker and Robert Stickgold outline a review of the researches following the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM) sleep, and specifically of those that began testing the hypothesis that sleep, or even specific stages of sleep, actively participated in the process of memory development. The last two chapters, “Clinical implications of neuroscience research in PTSD” by Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, and “Dysregulation of the right brain: a fundamental mechanism of traumatic attachment and the psychopathogenesis of PTSD” by Allan N. Schore, demonstrate how the psychopathology of traumatic conditions can be a fertile field of dialogue between neuroscience and psychoanalysis.


Giuseppe Leo (Editor), Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis, English edition, Collection "Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience",  Frenis Zero Press, Lecce 2014, pp. 300, ISBN 978-88-974790-6-2, € 49,00.

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Altounian J., Fonagy P., Gabbard G.O., Grotstein J.S., Hinshelwood R.D., Jiménez J.P., Kernberg O.F., Resnik S.


Eight outstanding theoreticians of contemporary psychoanalysis reflect on psychoanalysis and its borders and boundaries between it and adjacent disciplines such as neuroscience, psychiatry, and social sciences.


Giuseppe Leo (Editor), Psychoanalysis and its Borders, English edition, Collection "Borders of Psychoanalysis",  Edizioni Frenis Zero, Lecce 2012, pp. 348, ISBN 978-88-974790-2-4, € 19,00.

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The Voyage Out is the first novel by Virginia Woolf, published in 1915 by Duckworth. Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway. This book had a long and difficult gestation. It was written during a period in which Woolf was especially vulnerable. She suffered from periods of depression and at one point attempted suicide. The resultant work contained the seeds of all that would blossom in her later work: the innovative narrative style, the focus on feminine consciousness, sexuality and death. Our publishing house wants to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death by publishing some books of her in the collection of “Biographies of Unconscious”, investigating the biographies of some characters of the first book of the collection, “Vite soffiate” (“Blowed Lives”) (2008). In order to enlighten the relationship between Virginia Woolf’s personality and her psychopathology, every book of Virginia Woolf in our collection presents an appendix, in which is outlined a “Virginia Woolf’s psychiatric history”. In the present book, this appendix deals with her personality, her relationship with sex and with her family history. In the next books we will examine more closely Virginia Woolf’s psychiatric history.

Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, Collection BIOGRAPHIES OF  UNCONSCIOUS, Edizioni Frenis Zero, Lecce 2011,  pages 672 , ISBN 978-88-97479-01-7, € 25,00.


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