Adam Phillips, 11 March 1993
Show More Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and Further Psychoanalytic Explorations by Nina Coltart.
Free Association, 200 pp., £15.95, December 1992, 1 85343 186 9Show More
The Damned and the Elect by Friedrich Ohly, translated by Linda Archibald.
Cambridge, 211 pp., £30, September 1992, 0 521 38250 5Show More
“... idols of our emotional life. As both these very persuasive books show in a complementary way – Ohly from a literary-historical perspective and Coltart from a mostly psychoanalytic one – guilt has been the cornerstone of our Western conception of human nature. A capacity for guilt seems to define our sense of what it is to be human; on this psychoanalysis ...”