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Counter In Psychoanalyzing, Serge Leclaire offers a thorough and clear exposition of the psychoanalysis that has emerged from the French 'return to Freud', spelling out and elaborating the often enigmatic pronouncements of Jacques Lacan and patiently working through the central tenets of the 'Ecole freudienne de Paris'. Despite the intricacy of its subject matter, the book takes very little for granted. It is a serious, theoretical analysis that does not simplify the issues it presents, but does not assume a reader familiar with the concepts of psychoanalysis, let alone a reader acquainted with its French inflection. Each basic concept and term is carefully explained, so that the reader knows the meaning of transference or primal scene before proceeding to more advanced elements of psychoanalysis. Leclaire's study is particularly valuable for the way its author links theoretical issues to psychoanalytic practice.