Patrick McGrath - Trauma
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Patrick McGrath talks to Nicola Barranger about the themes and
inspirations behind his new novel Trauma.
Written in the first person as a psychological thriller,
Trauma sees the world through the eyes of Charlie Weir -
who tells us "My mother's first depressive illness occurred when I
was seven years old, and I felt it was my fault."
Who better then, he thinks to enter the world of psychiatry in
the late seventies trying to help those with the newly labelled
condition "post-traumatic stress disorder" as they return from the
Patrick McGrath tells Nicola Barranger from The Interview Online
how the aftermath of events of September 11th 2001 inspired him to
create the character of a psychiatrist who needed to look into his
own family life as he attempted to help a returning Vietnam Veteran
at the end of the 1970s.
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