- Marta, Jan
- Date of entry: Feb-18-1997
In this autobiographical novelization of a seven-year psychoanalysis the protagonist recounts the life story that led to her psychosomatic symptoms, and the medical and psychiatric story that led to her analysis. Her early relationships, particularly with her mother, her life in French Algeria in the 1930's to 1950's, and her adult relationships as wife and mother, are told through the associative processes of psychoanalysis as the protagonist grows into a healthy, fulfilled woman and writer. Cardinal beautifully illustrates the joy and rebirth in finding the words to say it.
Original: Les mots pour le dire, Grasset & Fasquelle, Paris, 1975. Translated by Pat Goodheart; Preface and Afterword by Bruno Bettelheim.
Van Vactor & Goodheart