A Mad Desire to Dance

A Mad Desire to Dance

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Sixty year-old Doriel Waldman, a Polish Jew born in 1936, is on the verge of insanity until Dr. Thérèse Goldschmidt draws him out with his story of surviving the Holocaust in hiding with his father while his mother made a reputation for herself in the Polish resistance--only to die in an accident shortly after the war.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307266507
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Temerson, Catherine


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Sep 03, 2013

*** stars. No one has ever written about the Holocaust as well as Elie Wiesel. In this novel Doriel, a European expatriate living in New York, suffers from a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a member of the Resistance, survived World War II only to die in an accident, together with his father, soon after. Doriel was a child during the war, and his knowledge of the Holocaust is largely limited to what he finds in movies and books. Doriel?s parents and their secrets haunt him, leaving him filled with longing but unable to experience the most basic joys in life. He plunges into an intense study of Judaism, but instead of finding solace, he comes to believe that he is possessed.
He finally turns to Dr. Thérèse Goldschmidt to cure him of his "madness". The psychoanalyst finds herself particularly intrigued by her patient. The two enter into an uneasy relationship based on exchanges of dreams, histories, and secrets. Despite Doriel?s initial resistance, she helps to bring him to an amazing choice. Recommend


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