Sándor Ferenczi. L'enfant terrible de la psychanalyse is biography written by Benoît Peeters.
The book (384 pages (22,00 cm x 16,00 cm) / ISBN 9782081347274) is published in 2020 by Flammarion.
In this biography of the Hungarian neurologist and psychoanalyst, a beloved disciple of Freud, who invented the analytical cure, Peeters recounts his romantic life, examines his friendship with the master and his emancipation from him, and portrays a passionate and visionary therapist, a precursor of contemporary themes: abuse, resilience, care.
Freud's favourite disciple, Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933) was one of the most engaging figures of early psychoanalysis and one of its most fruitful theorists. For a long time, he struggled in a tumultuous father-son relationship, between fascination and the desire for emancipation. But it is above all through the sentimental imbroglio between Sándor, his mistress Gizella, and Elma, the latter's daughter, that the drama unfolds: Ferenczi takes the two women under analysis and then, after falling in love with Elma, he sends her to continue her treatment with Freud. Soon, letters and confidences circulate in all directions, in the greatest confusion of feelings and couches.
This book is neither a scholarly treatise nor a classic biography. It is the moving story of a friendship that may have been impossible and a love that was no less so. It is the portrait of a magnificent loser and a visionary analyst, considered today to be the forerunner of the most contemporary approaches to care, child abuse and resilience.
The publisher made a short introduction video with Benoît Peeters answering four questions about the book.