Laure Murat is professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Deke Dusinberre is a freelance writer and translator.
"Murat is a subtle writer and stylist, able to assimilate a wealth of archival evidence into a forceful narrative. She gives new poignancy to the problem of distinguishing between what patients say and how their doctors represent their voices, and she makes her own process in the archives part of the story she is telling. Her imagination, her curiosity, and her intellectual independence enable her to glean a new understanding of the mark of history on madness-showing, along the way, the pitfalls in too easy an understanding of mental life." (Alice Kaplan, author of Dreaming in French)"