Nabokov and the Witch Doctor


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No novelist has waged a more relentless campaign against the talking cure than Vladimir Nabokov. In novel after novel he has attacked the “Viennese witch doctor,” as he sardonically calls Freud. Of the many types of people Nabokov satirizes, none evokes the foolishness and evil of the psychoanalyst, who embodies the qualities of sham and shaman, Satan and charlatan, simpleton and stereotyper.(68 pp.)

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