L ILLUSION DELIRANTE D ETRE AIME
THE DISTURBING ILLUSION OF BEING LOVED
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Clérambault syndrome is the disturbing, illusory conviction of being love by someone. Fascinated by the connections between literature, neuroscience and psychoanalysis, the author and journalist Florence Noiville illustrates here in her new novel this syndrome’s mechanisms and repercussions, which can lead to obsessive jealousy, even murderous insanity.
The journalist and writer Laura Wilmote realises she’s being trapped by a former childhood friend who is now a colleague: the woman dresses like her, bombards her with messages and spreads false information on the Internet. Laura gradually feels robbed of her identity and freedom, and is painfully aware she’s the only person who has noticed this inexorable relationship developing against her will. By approaching several specialists, she discovers the work of the psychiatrist Gaëtan Gatien de Clérambault.
How to escape the clutches of such a destructive relationship? How to avoid being contaminated by the madness? The Disturbing Illusion of Being Loved offers us a subtle, unsettling interplay of roles with unexpected twists.
Florence Noiville is a journalist for Le Monde. Her work published by Stock includes documents (Isaac B. Singer, winner of the Prix du Récit biographique, and J’ai fait HEC et je m’en excuse) and novels (La Donation and L’Attachement). Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.