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One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation, by Franco Borgogno, (A. Elgar, trans.), International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2021, 169 pp.

One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation, by Franco Borgogno, (A.... The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation, by Franco Borgogno, (A. Elgar, trans.), International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2021, 169 pp. Anglophone readers unfamiliar with the writing of Franco Borgogno, the author of Psychoanalysis as a Journey (2009) and an editor of Reading Italian Psychoanalysis (2016), should brace for surprise with this capstone work, One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation. The surprise is that this is a memoir unique in contemporary psychoanalysis. Modest in length, Borgogno’s reflections link three psychoanalytic lecture presentations with a fourth concluding chapter; yet the constructed bijou that is Borgogno’s outcome is fastidious and profound, operating upon the reader at multiple levels. Composed as if in direct opposition to his experience of ‘‘excessive severity and indifference (a sort of anti-emotional and anti-relational vein running through psychoanalysis and the psychoanalytic com- munity…)’’ (p. 16), Borgogno’s deep observations ricochet from beginning to end. They trace personal reflections upon patients, colleagues, supervisors and analytic mentors, exposing the unspoken psychoanalytic omerta of ‘‘no entry,’’ intuited through Borgogno’s early recognition, I could not fail to realize http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation, by Franco Borgogno, (A. Elgar, trans.), International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2021, 169 pp.

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume OnlineFirst – Oct 21, 2021

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Copyright © Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2021
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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation, by Franco Borgogno, (A. Elgar, trans.), International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2021, 169 pp. Anglophone readers unfamiliar with the writing of Franco Borgogno, the author of Psychoanalysis as a Journey (2009) and an editor of Reading Italian Psychoanalysis (2016), should brace for surprise with this capstone work, One Life Heals Another: Beginnings, Maturity, Outcomes of a Vocation. The surprise is that this is a memoir unique in contemporary psychoanalysis. Modest in length, Borgogno’s reflections link three psychoanalytic lecture presentations with a fourth concluding chapter; yet the constructed bijou that is Borgogno’s outcome is fastidious and profound, operating upon the reader at multiple levels. Composed as if in direct opposition to his experience of ‘‘excessive severity and indifference (a sort of anti-emotional and anti-relational vein running through psychoanalysis and the psychoanalytic com- munity…)’’ (p. 16), Borgogno’s deep observations ricochet from beginning to end. They trace personal reflections upon patients, colleagues, supervisors and analytic mentors, exposing the unspoken psychoanalytic omerta of ‘‘no entry,’’ intuited through Borgogno’s early recognition, I could not fail to realize

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The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 21, 2021

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