Jealousy (Hardcover)

True Stories of Love's Favorite Decoy

By Marcianne Blevis, Olivia Heal (Translator)

Other Press, 9781590512579, 160pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2009

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How can we sustain love when lurking rivals, imaginary or real, threaten to destroy our fragile state of happiness? How can we love freely when jealousy becomes more seductive than love itself? Isolated by the sheer terror of being betrayed sooner or later, the jealous lover hangs in suspense, waiting for the bomb to drop. Jealousy, one of our more common forms of madness, induces extraordinary states of mind and testifies to the complex and hidden distresses buried deep within the psyche.

In Jealousy, renowned psychoanalyst Marcianne Blevis reveals the multiple faces of jealousy and unmasks the unconscious triggers that prevent its victim from confronting this consuming torment. Divided by case study, each chapter unveils another trait of the jealous lover and deconstructs the origins of suffering, illuminating ways to put an end to the repeated patterns of self-destruction. In this fascinating exploration of a curiously familiar state, Blevis allows us entry into the discerning and revelatory analyses of these inevitable jealousies as she frees the jealous prisoner from a cage of passion by restoring the capacity for love.

About the Author

Marcianne Blevis

Marcianne Blevis is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Paris. She is a member of the "Societe de Psychanalyse Freudienne" and Director of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapeutic Department at the Sainte-Anne Hospital (Paris). She has published numerous articles in psychoanalytic journals and art publications. Olivia Heal

Olivia Heal lives in Tours, France, where she is completeing a master's degree at the University of Paris VIII. She has translated, among others, texts by Monique Wittig and Nicole Brossard.

Praise For Jealousy: True Stories of Love's Favorite Decoy

New York Post

Jealousy explores the wild permutations of this pointed pain through nine of Blevis' (lightly fictionalized) cases.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A nuanced look at one of the most painful human emotions.”