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  • By nwpa2010atyahoodotcodotuk
    Dec 19, 2013
    Rene Marineau describes the work as “the very personal account of the use of psychodrama in Moreno’s own family”. It starts with an explanatory note suggesting that this is a poetic and aesthetic story. Historical accuracy is not the aim. The chapters and segments reveal how J.L., Zerka and Jonathan used psychodrama within their family, sometimes with a learning outcome for Jonathan and sometimes not as planned, prompting J.L.or Zerka to reflect on the way they used the method. It is like a collage. There are many carefully selected individual ingredients. The textures and sources vary, some original writings by Moreno and Zerka, poems, anecdotes, facsimiles in the form of extracts from professional journals, newspaper articles, photographs and drawings. As with a collage the viewer can stand back and take in the whole picture or choose to zoom in on one element for further exploration. Zerka’s poems are self-disclosing regarding the impact of the loss of her arm and her... More > hospitalisation for other ailments. She does not sound sorry for herself and yet I glean a sadness and grief. Her poems of Jonathan’s early years have a spirited lightness and clarity. The poems about her and J.L. introducing Jonathan to the psychodramatic ways of seeing the world, relationships and experiences are entertaining and informative. The purported megalomaniac aspect of J.L.’s character is displayed in riddles and paradoxes. His megalomania is known well “but the legend of his modesty is little known”. He had published anonymously. Others took his ideas. He fought to prove his authorship. He claimed that “ideas, once they are born, belong to the universe, and no one has the right to buy and sell them on market; they belong to universality.” The efficacy of the therapeutic theatre can hardly be stated more movingly and powerfully than as “the vehicle for transformation from an irreversible to a reversible universe.” J.L. knew the challenge required for spontaneity to flourish and this can encourage us to also rise to the occasion. “Whenever I enter a situation which requires psychodramatic treatment I ostensibly undergo a ‘transformation’. I feel disturbed, uneasy, as if trying to live up to the challenge of the moment and to the greatest expectations of the group.” Marineau’s 1989 biography of Jacob Levy Moreno complements the Moreno family’s own writings. He explores the legends and myths of Moreno’s birth and childhood and other relationships in his life. Penny Beran< Less
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January 25, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.55 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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