Love's Executioner, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

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Paperback, 270 pages
HarperPerennial, 1990
First Perennial Library Edition

In these ten utterly absorbing tales, a master psychotherapist uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter.  And, in recounting his patients' dilemmas--the hopeless nostalgia of Thelma, who is possessed by a long-past love affair; the growing self-awareness of Carlos as he attempts to escape from the inevitability of his terminal illness--Dr. Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his responsibility as a psychiatrist.  

Editorial Reviews

"Inspired.  Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the early humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer." --front page, San Francisco Chronicle

"Lie Freud, Yalom is a graceful and canny writer.  The fascinating, moving, enervating, inspiring, unexpected stuff os psychotherapy is told with economy and, most surprising, with humor."  --Washington Post Book World

"Dr. Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction."  --Eva Hoffman, New York Times

"A superb and compassionate account."  --Psychology Today 

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of Existential PsychotherapyThe Schopenhauer CureLying on the CouchEvery Day Gets a Little Closer, and Love's Executioner, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy. When Nietzsche Wept was a bestseller in Germany, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Argentina, and Brazil with millions of copies sold worldwide. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and he divides his practice between Palo Alto, where he lives, and San Francisco, California.