This book examines the importance and continued relevance of A Memoir of the Future in understanding and applying Bion’s work to contemporary psychoanalysis. Bion continued to innovate throughout his life, but the Memoir has been largely overlooked.

Focusing on  A Memoir of the Future is not only of deep interest in terms of the author’s biography, or even only in function of a better understanding of his theoretical concepts, but can also be considered, for all intents and purposes, the final chapter of an ingenious creative enterprise While by some it was thought as the evidence of Bion’s presumed senility, this book challenges that perspective, arguing that it represents the last challenge he issued to the psychoanalytic Establishment. In each chapter, the authors explore this notion that  A Memoir forms an essential part of Bion’s theory, and that in it he establishes a new ‘aesthetic’ psychoanalytic paradigm.

With an international list of distinguished authors, this is a key book for any analysts interested in a comprehensive understanding of Bion’s work.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

‘Psycho-analysis, I believe’ in Wonderland

Reading and literature in A Memoir of the Future

chapter 3|16 pages

Bion and the apes

The bridging problem of A Memoir of the Future

chapter 6|16 pages

Bion’s razor

Reading A Memoir of the Future

chapter 8|27 pages

The ineffable

chapter 9|21 pages

Psychoanalysis ‘at the mind’s limits’

Trauma, history and paronomasia as ‘a flower of speech’ in A Memoir of the Future

chapter 10|11 pages

The ‘Memoir’ experienced from the standpoint of contemporary art

A chronicle of a death foretold