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Author: Goce Smilevski Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781101579688
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The award-winning international sensation that poses the question: Was Sigmund Freud responsible for the death of his sister in a Nazi concentration camp?

The boy in her memories who strokes her with the apple, who whispers to her the fairy tale, who gives her the knife, is her brother Sigmund.

Vienna, 1938: With the Nazis closing in, Sigmund Freud is granted an exit visa and 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 sisters. The four Freud sisters are shuttled to the Terezín concentration camp, while their brother lives out his last days in London.

Based 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.

From Adolfina's closeness with her brother in childhood, to her love for a fellow student, to her time with Gustav Klimt's sister in a Vienna psychiatric hospital, to her dream of one day living in Venice and having a family, Freud's Sister imagines with astonishing insight and deep feeling the life of a woman lost to the shadows of history. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] gem of a book…Smilevski beautifully juxtaposes Freud’s scientific studies of mental illness with Adolfina’s own beliefs regarding the beauty of madness…establishing a provocative discourse on sanity and perception…Adolfina’s story is deeply moving, and Smilevski’s approach to her final moments is unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provocative…The result is an unflinching gaze at love, death, sex, hatred, depression, and madness…Smilevski has flashes of insight and creates memorable images of despair. Like Freud’s work, Adolfina’s story reaches past its moment in history in an attempt to uncover greater universal truths about the darker side of human nature.”


  • “Rich, varied, and complex…A novel of high intellect, enthusiastically recommended for smart readers everywhere and anyone interested in the father of psychoanalysis.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Superb…provocative and poignant…a sensitive portrayal and well-crafted debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A vivid, bracing work of fiction—one of those rare novels that does more than simply bring history to life. It gives life to facts, and shimmers with a kind of actual reality that seems truer than life itself.”

    Jay Parini, author of The Last Station

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About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.