Haven of Last Resort

Conversion and the Search for Relief
  • Chana Ullman
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)

Abstract

Thomas, the protagonist of Milan Kundra’s story The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1983), describes his thoughts following the religious conversion of his estranged son:

I used to admire believers. I thought they had an odd transcendental way of perceiving things which was closed to me. Like clairvoyants, you might say. But my son’s experience proves that faith is actually quite a simple matter. He was down and out, the Catholics took him in and before he knew it, he had faith. So it was gratitude that decided the issue, most likely. (p. 308)

Keywords

Depression Smoke Heroin Saffron Impe 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chana Ullman
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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