Massimo Recalcati is a psychoanalyst and author who teaches at the universities of Pavia and Verona.
'This book from one of Italy's most popular public intellectuals
turns our conventional understanding of motherly love on its head,
encouraging a complete rethink of what motherhood means today.
Written with Recalcati's typical flair and sagacity, it will be of
interest to a very wide readership.'
Dany Nobus, Brunel University, London
'In this poetic and thought-provoking book, Massimo Recalcati
explores the many images of the mother to be found in both
psychoanalysis and popular culture, urging a questioning of the
prejudices and cliches that are so often taken for granted. Without
downplaying the complexity and ambivalences of the mother-child
relation, he emphasises the positive, life-giving transmission of
the mother, and shows us with clarity and elegance the many levels
at which this operates.'
Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst, Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research