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BETTY MILAN

About the book O Sexophuro
“A succesion of poematic instances, the book confirms that there are still those who write, who can write, who must write.” (Otto Lara Resende)

“I read O Sexophuro, I appreciated the fiction-writer very much, as I already admired the psychoanalyst.” (Ciro dos Anjos)

About the book Isso é o país
“I envy in Betty Milan’s book the style, the dynamism, the intelligence and the lightness.” (Roberto Da Matta)

About the book O papagaio e o doutor
“She writes like someone changing the ties on the railroad tracks to wake the train and change its course. Can you imagine? Sweet like honey.” (José Celso Martinez Correa)

“I read the book with delight on several planes: the fictional plane, the documental plane and the personal statement plane.” (Moacyr Scliar)

About the book A paixão de Lia
“A polyphony of voices and a type of fiction where inventiveness is superimposed on form. The author joins a line of writers that includes Lúcio Cardoso and Clarice Lispector.” (Deonísio da Silva)

About the book of interviews O século
“... an impressive set of interviews, of great literary and historiographic interest.” (Otavio Frias Filho)

About the book O clarão
“A literary ikebana.” (Frei Betto)

About the book Fale com ela
By Thaís Oyama
“I say, therefore I am.” The writer and psychoanalyst Betty Milan likes quoting Lacan’s version of Descartes’ most famous axiom. To speak, she argues, is the first step to observing yourself. And observing yourself is the first step to freeing yourself – from prejudice, fears or the traps of the unconscious. The book Fale com Ela is the fruit of this conviction. In it, the author gathers 85 letters and emails sent by readers of the homonymous weekly column she wrote for Revista da Folha, in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, for two years. The compilation of these correspondences forms a touching catalogue of human afflictions: there is the husband who chastises himself for asking his wife to fantasize during sex, the lonely woman who asks if she can be happy even though she is ugly and the woman who thinks her husband is perfect but cannot leave the lover who mistreats her. All of these, the author answers with the two tools she masters: literature and psychoanalysis.

In: Revista Veja, 04/04/2007 (2002 edition)