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Dr Hanna Segal

Dr Hanna Segal

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First broadcast: Sun 23 Jul 2006

Psychoanalyst

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the psychoanalyst Dr Hanna Segal. Hanna Segal is one of the most distinguished psychoanalysts of our time. She was born in Poland at the end of the First World War and after a sometimes difficult childhood her family moved to Switzerland and then France to flee the Nazis. They ended up on a Polish troop ship that brought them to Britain just in time, as she says, for the Blitz.

As a teenager she was passionate about aesthetics and politics but did not know how how to combine her passions in a career - once she discovered the work of Sigmund Freud she knew her calling lay in psychoanalysis. Her mentor was Melanie Klein and she wrote what has become a standard text about her work. Dr Segal has written too about psychoanalysis and aesthetics and our response to the threat posed by nuclear weapons. She has held the post of Freud Professor at University College London and is a past president of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Now aged 87, she continues to work overseeing student analysts and giving seminars.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Franz Schubert

Piano Quintet in A major 'Trout' - 4th movement

Soloist: Emil Gilels, Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett & Rainer Zeppertiz

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Frédéric Chopin

2.

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 - 3rd movement (Marche funèbre)

Soloist: Artur Rubinstein

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John Goss

3.

John Goss

The Internationale

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2nd movement of String Quartet in C Minor

Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

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Book

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

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Luxury item

A snorkel and Polaroids

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