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In Stories From an Argentine Surrealist, Circles of Madness and Violence

Jan 01, 2019 - The New York Times

In the 1940s, the great pediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott became a regular at a small London bookshop. Biographies were his chief interest. It didn’t matter whose; he read them all — books about soldiers, scientists, actors. Amazed, the bookseller once asked him how he kept up such a pace.

“Oh, I’m only interested up to the age of 5,” Winnicott reportedly replied.

Childhood, and its contusions, are also the governing preoccupations of the Argentine writer Sama...