Coffee with Freud

Illustrated by Alison Bechdel
Paper: 978 1 78220 343 8 / $24.95
Published: March 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
336 pp., 6" x 9"
line drawings

Series: Interviews with Icons
Professor Brett Kahr, an award-winning biographer and scholar of long-standing, has resurrected Sigmund Freud from the dead and has invited him for a memorable cup of coffee—a pleasurable interlude in which the two men discuss Freud’s life and work in compelling detail.

After digesting Kahr’s highly accessible “posthumous interview” with Freud, readers will have come to acquire a thorough overview of Freud’s corpus of writings, and will appreciate the historical context in which he scripted his pioneering psychoanalytical contributions.

A highly creative exercise in “imaginative non-fiction”, this book – the second in a new series entitled Interviews with Icons – will delight novices and experienced professionals alike.

Illustrated by Alison Bechdel--winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award and author of Fun Home -- this book will be the perfect guide for both students and scholars, and the ideal gift for colleagues.

Table of Contents:
About The Author And Illustrator
Introductory Note
Dramatis Personae
The Interview
cup 1 The resurrection of Professor Sigmund Freud
cup 2 Beyond the Narrenturm: towards a critique of psychiatry
cup 3 A Moravian childhood
cup 4 Freud as translator
cup 5 Smoking a Trabuco cigar
cup 6 Polish liquor on Frau Benvenisti’s couch
cup 7 Digging for antiquities
cup 8 Brook lampreys, eels, and a bit of cocaine
cup 9 Freud and his fecundity
cup 10 Blowing off steam: how to treat a hysteric
cup 11 A suicidal crown prince and a murdered empress
cup 12 On the verge of dreaming
Epilogue: How I came to meet Freud
German Glossary

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Brett Kahr has been teaching the works of Freud since 1979. In this fascinating book he presents his 'posthumous interview' with Freud from their 'get-togethers' at Vienna’s legendary Café Landtmann. When I was the Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in 2006, I had my office at 19 Berggasse and enjoyed drinking coffee at Café Landtmann where I also “talked” with Freud, but not in such a balanced and layered way. Reading Kahr’s book made me envious of the author, who has found a creative method of introducing the great professor both as the father of psychoanalysis and as a private man."
- Vamik Volkan, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, and Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center
"Brett Kahr is one of the best historians of psychoanalysis writing today, and able to deal with the most difficult topics authoritatively and wittily, and with so light a touch that they become accessible to all. The twelve imaginary dialogues that make up this book pay particular attention to Freud’s professional struggles and to the ways in which these shaped both his own life and the lives of countless analysts and patients in the decades that followed. The result is a wonderfully human and highly original picture of a brilliant man and his ideas."
- Dr Neil Vickers, Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London, University of London