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This is an auction for LACAN FOR BEGINNERS by Darian Leader & Judy Groves.

[This is the book on the right in the photograph. Barthes for Beginners and Derrida for Beginners are in separate auctions.] reviews:

"Like many, I have struggled with Lacan's "own" words in English translation, sensing ideas of importance that are lost because a) Lacan intentionally obfuscated his ideas to make the very points he wrote about, b) French linguistic play doesn't translate into English, & c) translators vary in quality, in part depending on their audience (e.g., cultural studies, which often misconstrues Lacan as a postmodernist). This book is a wonderful introduction."

"FIVE STARS!! When you need an introduction to Lacan, buy this and forget the rest. This book has at least three merits. First, the author is an orthodox Lacanian psychoanalyst. This advantage could not be overstated. Many books titled so-called "Introduction to Lacan" are written by non-professionals (e.g. professors of French or Cultural Studies, and literary critics). Darian Leader's book is different. It was supervised by Jacques-Alain Miller, the successor of Lacan, which makes it the most faithful and reliable introduction to Lacan. Second, it explains the significance and origin of great Lacanian terms such as repetition, sinthome, lalangue, so on. The result is that the approach makes it easy to understand. This is why other books by non-psychiatrist could be by no means competitors. Third, this book is written by exceptionally clear language and aided by intelligent graphics. Clearity is not a Lacanian virtue, but this book makes a immensely satisfying exception."

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Paperback 1996.

175 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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