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The Telemachus Complex - Parents and Children after the Decline of the Father


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Table of Contents

1. The Law of the Word and the New Hell
Praying Is No Longer Like Breathing; Aphonia and the Father's Amnesia; The Hell of Salo; The Law of the Word; How Do We Transmit the Word of the Law?; We are A Scream in the Night; Escape From Freedom; The Fantasy of Freedom As a Hypermodern Fantasy; Mass Freedom; Dying to Work
2. The Confusion Between Generations
The Parents' Task; The Law and the laws; Adulterations; Transgression, or an Appeal to the Law?; A New Discontent of Youth; The Trauma of the Non-Existence of the Sexual Relationship; Femicidal Violence; The Technological Object and Depression in Youth; Evaporation and Invention
3. From Oedipus to Telemachus
Four Types of Child; The Child-as-Oedipus; The Anti-Oedipal Child; The Child-as-Narcissus; The Child-as-Telemachus
4. What Does It Mean To Be A Rightful Heir?
Inheritance as Reclamation; An Excess of Memory; The Anti-Melancholy of Jesus and Nietzsche; The Negation of Symbolic Debt; Telemachus Is The Rightful Heir; What Does Inheritance Mean?; The Recognition of the Symbolic Debt; The Symbolic Difference Between Generations; Act, Faith and Promise
Epilogue: Reading Pain on the Leaves
Index of Names

About the Author

Massimo Recalcati is a psychoanalyst who teaches at the universities of Pavia and Verona.


'With his customary blend of wisdom, acumen and wit, Recalcati travels deep into the world of Odysseus to re-tell the story of Telemachus for our times. This book shows the Italian master at his thought-provoking best. All fathers shall prescribe it to their children!'
Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Brunel University London

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