How to Live. What to Do: In Search of Ourselves in Life and Literature

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Pantheon Books
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.27 pounds

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About the Author
JOSH COHEN is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a professor of modern literary theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of many books and articles on modern literature, cultural theory, and psychoanalysis, including How to Read: Freud, The Private Life: Our Everyday Self in an Age of Intrusion, and Not Working: Why We Have to Stop. He lives in London.
"So beautiful. I really enjoyed it. A fantastic book."
--Zadie Smith

"Successful fiction, like successful therapy, Cohen notes, 'sets a mirror before us, in which we see not only the self we know but the self we don't.' Relatability gives way to a more transformative recognition: seeing ourselves as others see us, or seeing ourselves as others, as strangers-and therefore as people whose stories and scripts aren't as fixed as we thought . . . By the end of this wonderful book, we have learned to read its title not as a prescription but as a set of questions."
--The Times Literary Supplement

"Cohen makes the case for fiction as a crucial aid to introspection, suggesting that our ability to see ourselves in literary characters runs parallel to the all-important ability to see ourselves."
--LitHub's "Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Part 2"

"Absorbing . . . Uniformly insightful. . . Compelling . . . An engrossing consideration of how reading fiction can lay a pathway for emotional and intellectual enrichment."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Original . . . Fascinating . . . The premise is a brilliant one with plenty of room for fun."
--Publishers Weekly