Fraulein S is an enigma when the young Doctor Carl Jung first encounters her at the Burgholzli Institute in Zurich. Wrapped in her sheets like a corpse, stinking like a goat, she screams like a banshee whenever anyone comes near her. Yet Jung, the disciple of Freud, cures her - and in doing so, falls in love with her. What would the Master say? As Jung unravels her hysteria like the sheets from her head, he finds himself enmeshed in a wild dream that he knows in his bones to be true - a dream that goes back to the beginnings of Western civilization, to the pre-Hellenic campfires where men and women carved Venus stones, worshiped the moon, and enacted a savage ritual of death, sex, and rebirth. Only there can he and Fraulein S consummate their love.
In the end, the Pygmalion Jung must betray his creation. And Freud. And himself. Until thirty years later, when Fraulein S, now herself a psychoanalyst in her native Russia, offers him a chance at redemption.
Based loosely on the celebrated case of Sabina Spielrein, this brilliant and provocative novel blends the fierce eroticism at the core of psychoanalysis with the speculations of ancient history in a tale of love, betrayal, and the mysteries of the human psyche.
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