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Siri Hustvedt 3 Feb 2010
Siri Hustvedt, copyright Marion Ettlinger
Understanding illness, wellness, the body, and the self

Four years ago the novelist Siri Hustvedt started shaking uncontrollably as she gave a speech at her father’s memorial service. The trembling episode repeated itself, randomly, at other public events. Was this a kind of epilepsy? A panic attack? A delayed grief reaction? In her new book, Siri attempts to discover what lies behind her curious symptoms.  She explores the way in which psychiatry, psychoanalysis and neurology can offer conflicting accounts of the same malaise, and how she has finally come to accept the shaking woman as part of herself. 
The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves, by Siri Hustvedt, is published by Hodder and Stoughton, ISBN: 978 0-340-99876-2
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