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The Purloined Love: An Inspector Canal Mystery (Karnac Library Series)

Bruce Fink

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ISBN 10: 1782200851 / ISBN 13: 9781782200857
Published by Karnac Books, 2014
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Title: The Purloined Love: An Inspector Canal ...

Publisher: Karnac Books

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The inimitable Inspector Canal grapples with love in its myriad forms – newfound love, impossible love, and even medieval love – in the latest mystery by Bruce Fink. Enchantment and romance are at the crux of this tale of discovery, delight, and passion. From New York (with love?) to Paris and the south of France, Canal – loosely based on the brilliant and inscrutable Frenchman Jacques Lacan – attempts to shed light on thousand-year-old as well as modern crimes of the heart.

In this story, where promise more often than not veils envy and inconstancy, the backdrop is Puilaurens, the legendary Cathar Castle perched atop a precipice in the Pyrenees. One misadventure after another occurs to two modern-day lovers as people and objects alike are shunted about, hidden in plain view, mesmerized, and pilfered right and left – in repetitions reminiscent of those in Edgar Allan Poe’s celebrated story, “The Purloined Letter.” Using methods of his own devising, the intrepid inspector strives to untangle the threads of love’s labors.

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Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as Professor of Psychology from 1993 to 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. He is the author of six books on Lacan, The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique, Lacan to the Letter: Reading Écrits Closely, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners, and Against Understanding: Commentary, Cases, and Critique in a Lacanian Key, 2 volumes. Fink is also a translator of Lacan's work into English. His translation of Seminar XX, Encore: On Feminine Sexuality, was published in 1998, and his translation of Lacan's magum opus Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English came out in 2006; the latter was awarded the 2007 nonfiction translation prize by the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation.

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