STATE OF POSSESSION by Edith e Born

STATE OF POSSESSION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Austrian Edith de Born (The House in Vienna- 1960; Felding Castle- 1959) ves in Belgium but writes in English- smoothly but with an almost indiscernible nflection. This also lends a certain tone to the story she has to tell which is basically no more than an unusual professional dossier. Elisabeth Vandernoot, 42, masseuse whose whole life is that of the son she has brought up alone and educated, now is told that a wealthy English woman claims him as hers. He had been appropriated presumably during the World War II refugee exodus. But, since in Europe the legality ""A State of Possession"" applies and safeguards the acting mother, Elisabeth faces o real threat of loss. However, during the days to follow, anxious over her health, he submits to a gynecological examination which proves (to the surprised attending physician) that she has never given birth to a child and ultimately exposes some of the unacknowledged antecedents of her case history... Mrs. de Born is a decorous, rather deliberate, writer and her story of mother love contested is as old as the Bible and probably as good as new in its appeal to women- chiefly in its curiosity value.

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1963
Publisher: Knopf