Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
New York : Random House, 1969. First Printing. Stated. Hardcover. 274 pages ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket with a few rips and tears around the edges. Lean to spine. Fading to cover boards. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
Portnoy's Complaint (port'-noiz kem-plant') n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are.perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift fur Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.
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