- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Sceptre (3. Februar 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0340998776
- ISBN-13: 978-0340998779
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 12,7 x 1,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 60.363 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Februar 2011
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Provocative but often funny, encyclopedic but down to earth...Hustvedt's erudite book deepens one's wonder about the relation of body and mind. (Oliver Sacks)
Readers of Oliver Sacks will rate this book highly; as with Sacks, scientific knowledge and a powerful capacity for empathy are closely linked...It is Hustvedt's gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear. (Hilary Mantel, Guardian)
She thinks her way through complex subject matter with the effortless clarity of a poised and sceptical outsider...a short book with an encyclopaedic breadth (Lisa Appignanesi, Independent)
She has an enviable ability to digest and reframe her discoveries into clear, accessible prose (Melanie McGrath, Sunday Telegraph)
Fascinating...what gives the book its originality is that she wavers on the edge of the various disciplines, preferring her own imaginative, deeply personal reflections to the potential certainty that might be offered by doctors...Although a desire for clear-cut answers is understandable, Hustvedt suggests that this is often far from possible. And she leaves the reader thinking about his or her own bouts of illness in a thoroughly fresh way. (Lorna Bradbury, Daily Telegraph)
By the bestselling author of WHAT I LOVED, an intimate and enlightening account of her search for the key to her mysterious nervous disorder, which brilliantly illuminates the connection between mind and body.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This raises the question of identity. What is a self? Can she say "I was shaking", when in fact the shaking occurred entirely against her will? This problem sets Hustvedt off on an eclectic exploration of philosophy (the mind-body problem), psychology and psychiatry, neurology and brain science. She does not develop a stringent line of questioning; rather, she keeps approaching the same set of questions from various angles. She describes a plethora of different conditions - hysteria (or conversion disorder, as it is usually called today), anosognosia (denial of illness), mirror touch synesthesia, to name only a few - all of which serve to show that a person's identity may split, be dissociative and more fragile than we would ordinarily tend to think. One of the most compelling parts of her book is her deconstruction of the mind-body dichotomy; she shows that in many cases it is simply not possible to say whether an illness is organic or mental; in the age of brain science, this whole distinction does not seem to make sense any more. This does not mean, however, that Hustvedt would adopt the position held by some neurologists that a person's identity can be reduced to their set of neurons. Quite to the contrary, she shows how identity is forever elusive, both inside and outside of us, in the people we interact with, in the words we speak - words that we own and that at the same time own us.
Hustvedt is widely-read in neurological literature, but she discusses the science in a way that is intelligible to the lay reader. Also, she combines her survey of scientific research with very personal, intimate stories about her family and her own history of illness. This is a refreshing combination, which makes her book a thought-provoking and a very touching reading experience.
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