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Meeting Mathias Freese, author of I Truly Lament

Mathias Freese is the author of I Truly Lament: Working through the holocaust; a collection of 27 short stories that reflect a wide variety of perspectives of this seminal event in human history. He is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. His recent collection of essays, “This Mobius Strip of Ifs,” was the winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award of 2012 in general nonfiction and a 2012 Global Ebook Award finalist. “I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust” was one of three finalists chosen in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions.

The Mathias Freese Interview

mathias freeseWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I spend a considerable amount of the day dialoguing with myself, call it the old therapist in me, or the seeker. Krishnamurti’s what is comes to mind. This question is analogous to the one I would ask of clients: who are you, free of conditioning, awards, job, family and the culture at large? As I associate to this question three quotations come to mind which reveal who I am in one way or another: Socrates. “The unexamined life is not the life worth living.” Thoreau: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” And the existential epitaph of Nikos Kazantzakis, “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.” Of course, the most illuminating is Milton Berle’s classic line: Anytime somebody orders a corned beef sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise, somewhere, in the world, a Jew dies.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

To resist the silence with which Holocaust books are met with; to persevere in that by saying what I have to say – “fearlessness leads to authenticity in writing, “I once wrote , which is my mantra. Many individuals are not serious about living their lives and consequently are rudderless, or empty.

How do you remain sane while working?

What is normal? If you love what you are doing, sanity does not come into it. As Isak Dinesen wrote. “The artist is never poor.”

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is not in my lexicon. The unconscious is my muse. Often my books are already written, in a sense, by my unconscious. I channel that to good ends.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Schools teach us to be amenable to conditioning; we devote, if we are aware, the rest of our lives deconditioning ourselves.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

The Crowd, Elias Canetti, or Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis.



I truly lament coverYou can find I Truly Lament in Kindle format here:

You can also catch up with Mathias on his website at: mathiasbfreese.com or by email to: mthsfreese@hotmail.com.



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  1. History though is littered with recurring examples. There is no such thing as a stable civilisation for example – they come and go – but somehow we seem to think it will never happen to us!

  2. Ironically, perhaps not, reviewers shy away from engaging the book; it is a combination of fear and not wanting to remember; the amount of repression I encounter with my book is fascinatingly massive. Unfortunately some people think that the Holocaust is best expressed by Anne Frank, who many historians consider as not a factor in Holocaust literature; she wrote her diary while free to do so, although hidden. A significant difference, I must say. For these people Anne Frank is a comforting sugar candy.The resistance to LAMENT is akin to what I experienced while practicing as a psychotherapist, unknown to the self, glacial.
    See the latest review on my site from a reviewer, a fellow writer, to what I have written and let it be the final word.

  3. It seems like in today’s political climate the significance of the Holocaust is diminished. Maybe the Socrates quote should be expanded to include self reflection for cultures as well.