A Fine Romance

A Secret Symmetry: Sabina Spielrein between Jung and Freud

by Aldo Carotenuto, translated by Arno Pomerans and John Shepley and Krishna Winston
Sabina Spielrein was the daughter of a well-to-do Jewish family from Rostovon-Don in Russia. Her grandfather and great-grandfather had been rabbis. From early childhood, her rich imagination strained both to the heights and to the depths: in Goethe’s words (quoted by Freud as applicable to sexuality), “from Heaven, across the …