Strange Case of Mademoiselle P by Brian O'Doherty

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Whe Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer takes on the case of Marie Therese Paradies, a young woman stricken inexplicably blind at the age of three, he becomes involved in a tale of good versus evil set in eighteenth-century Vienna. A first novel.
 

About Brian O'Doherty

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Brian O'Doherty is the author of two novels and several works of art criticism. He also works as an artist under the name Patrick Ireland.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by CHATTO AND WINDUS. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This domestic and medical drama--unfolded in chapters told by the beleaguered Marie herself, by the good Dr. Mesmer, and by Marie's demonically self-interested father--allows O'Doherty to graze wonderfully amidst the living ideas of the Enlightenment, tasting its daily life, watching the French R...

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Five monologues constitute this pedantic first novel, which traces the methods of 18th-century physician Franz Anton Mesmer, father of hypnosis.

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The patient muses on her affliction, her trust in her doctor and her friendship with Mozart;

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