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    The Kindly Ones by John Littell

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012
    8:30 PM

    Robert April, M.D.

    This extraordinary work which has encountered brilliant success in France under the title les Bienveillantes, earned the Prix Goncourt in 2006, and has sparked considerable interest in France.

    The English version of The Kindly Ones is available at the NYPSI Bookstore. Please call 212. 772.8282 to purchase your copy. The book will be mailed to you or you can stop by to pick it up.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Many volumes have already been written about The Kindly Ones including reviews by two analysts, Andre Green and Julia Kristeva. It is a brilliant attempt to approach the study of the Holocaust through the mind of one of its perpetrators. Written as a confession by the narrator—a fictional Gestapo officer—it approaches the psychology of evil both on a historical level (the details of the organization of the Wehrmacht are extremely well researched) and on a personal level mixing dreams fantasies and perversions which both shock and enlighten the reader. Rarely has such a description of evil been portrayed in such detail questioning whether all of us in certain circumstances might also be caught up in its web. As the book is over 600 pages, attendees are strongly urged to read at least the first hundred pages. Actual passages of the book will be examined in detail. Critics in this country generally wrote negative reviews

    Dr. Robert April a practicing neurologist, has earned an MA in French literature at New York University and specializes in the novel of the 19th century, including Zola.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •