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The Listener By Shira Nayman

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A riveting and haunting novel of madness and passion set in a psychiatric hospital just after World War II

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The Listener: A Novel by Shira Nayman

Bertram Reiner, a charismatic and brilliant man diagnosed with a severe case of Battle Fatigue is treated by Dr. Harrison, the distinguished and steadfast head of the hospital, finds the most challenging patient of his career. Their sessions leave Dr. Harrison slipping into a frightening, but also strangely enlivening twilight existence that renders the boundaries between sanity and insanity disquietingly blurred. When Dr. Harrison discovers that Bertram is having an affair with Matilda, the head nurse, who he himself has feelings for, his own state of yearning rises and throws his sanity into the balance.

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The Listener Reviews

""The Listener" explores with great subtlety and perceptiveness the issues of trauma and guilt, illustrating the complexity of the way in which a mind that has experienced horrors -- whether as perpetrator or victim -- may create elaborate defenses that are paradoxically selfdestructive. Combining a psychologist's insight with the skill of a gifted novelist, Shira Nayman dramatizes brilliantly the futility of the belief that there is any absolute point of objectivity from which the most horrific experiences may be examined." -- Charles Palliser, author of "The Quincunx" and "The Unburied"

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The Listener: A Novel by Shira Nayman
Shira Nayman
Used - Good
Simon & Schuster
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.