Sigmund Freud is one
of the best known figures in history, but what do we know about his sisters?
With the Nazis closing in, Sigmund Freud is granted an exit visa and is allowed
to list the names of people to take with him. He lists his doctor and maids, his
dog, and his wife’s sister—but not any of his own. The four Freud sisters are
shuttled to the Terezín concentration camp, while their brother lives out his
last days in London.
on a true story, this searing novel gives haunting voice to Freud’s sister
Adolfina—“the sweetest and best of my sisters”—a gifted, sensitive woman who
was spurned by her mother and never married. A witness to her brother’s genius
and to the cultural and artistic splendor of Vienna in the early twentieth
century, she aspired to a life few women of her time could attain.
With astonishing insight and deep
feeling, Freud’s Sister imagines
the life of a woman lost to the shadows of history.
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