By Salley Vickers
It is 1938 and Sigmund Freud, being affected by the debilitating results of melanoma, has been approved by means of the Nazis to depart Vienna. He seeks safe haven in England, taking on place of abode in the home in Hampstead during which he'll die fifteen months later. yet his final months are made shiny by means of the arriving of a stranger who comes and is going based on Freud’s country of future health. who's the mysterious customer and why has he come to inform the famed proponent of the Oedipus advanced his unusually regular story?
Set in part in prewar London and in part in historic Greece, Where 3 Roads Meet is as brilliantly compelling because it is considerate. Former psychoanalyst and acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers revisits a criminal offense devoted some time past that also has tense reverberations for us all today.
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