Christine Wunnicke

Christine Wunnicke

CHRISTINE WUNNICKE lives in Munich, Germany. She has published four award- winning novels, a biography, and several translations.

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura

Fiction by Christine Wunnicke

Translated by Philip Boehm

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura toothsomely encompasses East and West, memory and reality, fox-possession myths, and psychiatric mythmaking. As an outstanding young Japanese medical student at the end of the nineteenth century, Dr. Shimamura is sent—to his dismay—to the provinces: he is asked to cure scores of young women afflicted by an epidemic of fox possession. Believing it’s all a hoax, he considers the assignment an insulting joke, until he sees a fox moving under the skin of a young beauty… Next he travels to Europe and works with such luminaries as Charcot, Breuer and Freud—whose methods, Dr.…
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