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The Projectionist: The Story of Ernest Gébler

The Projectionist: The Story of Ernest Gébler

Carlo Gébler

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‘Projection (Psychoanalysis). The unconscious process or fact of projecting one’s fears, feelings, desires or fantasies onto other persons, things or situations, in order to avoid recognizing them as one’s own and so as to justify one’s behaviour.’ 

Shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015

Ernest Gébler, writer of such international bestsellers as The Plymouth Adventure and Call Me Daddy, which became the film Hoffman, led a turbulent and fascinating life. At the helm of one of Ireland’s best-known literary families, his life was one of staggering complexity, elusiveness and immense talent that spanned a tumultuous century.

In a book that is both biography and memoir, Carlo Gébler, Ernest’s estranged son, tells the enthralling story of his father’s life, covering his strange and alienated childhood, his disastrous family relationships, his marriage to writer Edna O’Brien, his staunch socialism and uncompromising disciplinary attitude, and his final heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Had the subject been given a choice, he would never have allowed the writer to tell his story.

In The Projectionist, Carlo Gébler draws on a rich archive of previously undiscovered autobiographical notes, as well as his own personal memories. He explores and interprets his Ernest’s life in the hope of understanding a father he barely knew, a life he didn’t share, and a man who was both fascinating and fearful.

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Author Carlo Gébler
Publisher New Island
Publication date 18 Sep 2015
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848404571

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