A Web of Sorrow
Mistrust, Jealousy, Lovelessness, Shamelessness, Regret, Hopelessness

Paper: 978 1 78220 566 1 / $39.95
Published: May 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
176 pp., 6" x 9"
Bringing together the experiences of mistrust, jealousy, lack of love, shamelessness, regret, and despair, this short but far-reaching book elucidates human sorrow in striking sociocultural and clinical details.

Table of Contents:
About the Author
Prologue: Whither sorrow?

Part I: Sorrow Felt to be Emanating from Outside
1) Mistrust
2) Jealousy
3) Lovelessness

Part II: Sorrow Felt to be Emanating from Inside
4) Shamelessness
5) Regret
6) Hopelessness

Epilogue—Sorrow and audacity

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Salman Akhtar’s discourse on emotional states leading to sorrow is truly worth reading. His ability to distill the essential, put it in a broader frame, evaluate it while respecting the complexities involved, and then add original insights is clearly exceptional."
- Nicholas Kouretas, Athens
"A Web of Sorrow is a deeply intelligent book that is replete with literary and clinical illustrations. Akhtar’s writing style is elegant and his theory a congenial blend of ego psychology, object relations approach, and sociocultural vicissitudes of life. I highly recommend this book to all those who want to deepen their understanding both of human suffering and of psychoanalysis."
- Mali Mann, San Francisco