Many of the themes which were elaborated in Hanna Segal's earlier work return in this volume of her most recent papers. Two act as connecting strands and give the book its unity: the clinical usefulness of the concept of the death instinct and the relationship between fantasy and reality.

A past mistress at capturing the vitality of the clinical session on the page, Segal shows how the same conflicts between life and death instincts, fantasy and reality, are experienced in the consulting room, reflected in literature, and played out by nations in their attitudes to war.

Edited by John Steiner, this collection of writings by a leading psychoanalytic thinker provides a rich source of clinical insights and challenging theory for all analysts practising today.

part |84 pages

Clinical psychoanalysis

chapter |11 pages

Phantasy and reality 1

chapter |6 pages

On symbolism 1

chapter |8 pages

Early infantile development as reflected in the psychoanalytical process

Steps in integration 1

chapter |9 pages

Some clinical implications of Melanie Klein's work

Emergence from narcissism 1

chapter |7 pages

The Oedipus complex today 1

chapter |7 pages

Paranoid anxiety and paranoia 1

chapter |7 pages


Sweating it out 1

part |41 pages

Literature and politics

chapter |8 pages

Joseph Conrad and the mid-life crisis 1

chapter |9 pages

Salman Rushdie and the sea of stories 1

A not-so-simple fable about creativity

chapter |12 pages

Silence is the real crime 1

chapter |10 pages

From Hiroshima to the Gulf War and after

Socio-political expressions of ambivalence 1