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Die Entstehung der Rubrik wurde durch eine Förderung des Hauptstadtkulturfonds ermöglicht. 

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson



Born: 28.3.1941
Birthplace: Chicago
Country of birth: USA
Lives in: Berlin, Friedrichshain

Working language: English


 I was educated at Harvard University (BA magna cum laude, 1964; Ph.D. 1971 in Sanskrit & Indian Studies).  Taught at the University of Toronto.  From 1971 to 1979 trained as a Freudian analyst, then I was, for a very short time, director of the Freud Archives.  Left psychoanalysis in 1982 and began writing about animal emotions.  Lived in Auckland, New Zealand, for 14 years; then Malaga, Berlin, Sydney, and now Berlin again.  Married to Leila Rubina Masson, a German pediatrician.  We have two boys, 20 and 15.  Formerly I was married to the late Therese Alter Masson, with one daughter, Simone, 42. 

6 Questions

What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?


What do you love about Berlin?

There is so much – politics, language, culture, love of dogs, „veganliebe“ – super cool!

What do you miss in Berlin?

Bondi Beach

What is your favorite spot in Berlin?


Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?

Not yet, but I’m trying to write a novel: Évian, 1938. This will change everything!

Which existing literary work do you wish you had written?

Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace