Civilization and Its Discontents

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"Civilization and Its Discontents may be Sigmund Freud's best-known work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. In this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought, Freud elucidates the contest between aggression, indeed the death drive, and its adversary, eros. He speaks to issues of human creativity and fulfillment, the place of beauty in culture, and the effects of repression." Louis Menand reflects on the importance of this work in intellectual thought and why it has become such a landmark book in the history of ideas.
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Peter Gay
“Newly designed in a uniform format, each new paperback in the Standard Edition opens with a biographical essay on Freud's life and work—along with a note on the individual volume”
Library Journal
Norton is releasing this hardcover to celebrate the title's 75th anniversary. This edition includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Menand. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393301588
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Series: Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
  • Edition description: The Standard Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), an Austrian psychiatrist and the founder of psychoanalysis, isconsidered the most influential psychological theorist of the twentieth century and the author of The Interpretation of Dreams.

Steven Crossley is one of a select group of narrators who have recorded over two hundred audiobooks. He has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie and Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Civilization and its discontents 33
Sigmund Freud : a brief life 157
Translator's note 175
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