Julian Hobbs – Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (2006)

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Daniel Paul Schreber began Memoirs of my Nervous Illness in February 1900 while confined in an asylum, as part of
an appeal for release. Schreber, second son (the first committed suicide) of an abusive father, was at the peak of
a brilliant career in Leipzig when he was appointed Presiding Judge of the Saxon High Court of Appeals. Alas, the
stress of his new job proved too much for him, and before long he was hearing voices and feeling suicidal. Within
weeks he was committed, having rapidly descended into madness, and was placed under the care of Dr. Paul Emil
Flechsig. From the start, Schreber struggled to make sense of what he was seeing and hearing, and in fact Memoirs
is so lucid and self-aware, so internally consistent and insightful, that he was released on its strength. Still,
reading this man’s prose is a lesson in subjective reality, by turns funny and terrifying. Continue reading