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Bion and Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Reading A Memoir of the Future, 1st Edition

Edited by Giuseppe Civitarese


222 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the importance and continued relevance of A Memoir of the Future in understanding and applying Bion’s work to contemporary psychoanalysis. Bion continued to innovate throughout his life, but the Memoir has been largely overlooked.

Focusing on A Memoir of the Future is not only of deep interest in terms of the author’s biography, or even only in function of a better understanding of his theoretical concepts, but can also be considered, for all intents and purposes, the final chapter of an ingenious creative enterprise While by some it was thought as the evidence of Bion’s presumed senility, this book challenges that perspective, arguing that it represents the last challenge he issued to the psychoanalytic Establishment. In each chapter, the authors explore this notion that A Memoir forms an essential part of Bion’s theory, and that in it he establishes a new ‘aesthetic’ psychoanalytic paradigm.

With an international list of distinguished authors, this is a key book for any analysts interested in a comprehensive understanding of Bion’s work.


"When approaching Bion’s "A Memoir of the Future" (MF) we can recall Laertius words: …skimming over the book of Heraclitus; 'tis a difficult road, for mist is there, and darkness hard to pierce, but if you have the truth as a guide, then everything is clearer than the sun." Anybody interested in Bion immense contribution to the understanding of the working mind, reading MF is absolutely indispensable because represents the physiology of the intrapsychic, a space of dream paradoxically at once, obscure and radiant." This is why, Giuseppe Civitarese and a group of outstanding psychoanalysts, psychologists and literary writers, after carefully scrutinizing all sides of MF, had finally provided a torch of intuition to ‘pierce its darkness.’ I highly recommend this book to all professionals in mental health interested in Bion’s contributions"

Rafael López-Corvo is a Psychiatrist and a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the IPA, Venezuelan and Canadian Psychoanalytic Societies.

"This volume is an indispensable introduction to Bion’s remarkable, long neglected, provocative and often puzzling masterpiece, Memoir of the Future. It reveals and explores the many dimensions of Bion’s final, passionate attempt to illuminate the realm of dream work and psychic reality, as it shows how Bion moves beyond linear, narrative discourse in the hopes of transmitting to his readers the meaning of what we call psychic reality through an experience of the psychic movements that produce thought, feeling and enigmatic, emergent truth"

Howard B. Levine, MD, Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East (PINE),Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS)

Table of Contents


  1. Why Bion? Why now? Novel forms and the mystical quest LISSA WEINSTEIN
  2. "Psychoanalysis, I believe" in Wonderland. Reading and literature in A Memoir of the Future SARA BOFFITO
  3. Bion and the apes: The bridging problem of A Memoir of the Future BENJAMIN H. OGDEN
  4. A Memoir of the Future and Memoir of the Numinous MAURO MANICA
  5. A Memoir of the Future and the defence against knowledge ANTONINO FERRO
  6. Wilfred’s Razor: A reading of W.R. Bion’s A Memoir of the Future GIOVANNI FORESTI

7. Memories of the future, realisations in the present. The oneiric destiny of pre-conceptions which turn up in the minds of dreamers VIOLET PIETRANTONI

8. The ineffable AVNER BERGSTEIN

9. Psychoanalysis "at the mind's limits": Trauma, history, and paronomasia as "a flower of language" in A memoir of the Future CLARA MUCCI

10. The "Memoir" experienced from the standpoint of contemporary art : A chronicle of a death foretold ADELA ABELLA

11. Reflections on ‘Nonsense’ in A Memoir of the Future DUNCAN CARTWRIGHT

About the Editor

Giuseppe Civitarese, psychiatrist, PhD in psychiatry and relational sciences, is a training and supervising analyst in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI), and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Previous work includes, The Intimate Room: Theory and Technique of the Analytic Field, The Violence of Emotions: Bion and post-Bionian Psychoanalysis, Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis and, with co-authorHoward Levine ,The W. R. Bion Tradition Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades.

About the Series

Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series

The Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series was initiated in 2015 as a new subseries of the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series. The series publishes books on subjects relevant to the continuing development of psychoanalytic field theory. The emphasis of this series is on contemporary work that includes a vision of the future for psychoanalytic field theory.

Since the middle of the twentieth century forms of psychoanalytic field theory emerged in different geographic parts of the world with different objectives, heuristic principles, and clinical techniques. Taken together they form a family of psychoanalytic perspectives that employs a concept of a bi-personal psychoanalytic field. The Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series seeks to represent this pluralism in its publications. Books on field theory in all its diverse forms are of interest in this series. Both theoretical works and discussions of clinical technique will be published in this series.

The series editors are especially interested in selecting manuscripts which actively promote the understanding and further expansion of psychoanalytic field theory. Part of the mission of the series is to foster communication amongst psychoanalysts working in different models, in different languages, and in different parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis