Unwerth reconstructs as best as possible the facts of the Freud-Rilke relationship, even though they turn out to be not always fully in accord with what appears in Freud’s 1916 essay "On Transience" (1). The intermediary in bringing Freud and Rilke together was Nietzsche’s friend Lou Andreas-Salomé, which of course adds to the whole significance of the summer encounter Unwerth has set out to explore. Freud’s Requiem succeeds in becoming an elegant series of meditations on death, creativity, mourning, and memory. This book reminds us of the philosophic depth that was implicit in the original psychoanalytic enterprise. Unwerth writes with such a light hand that his subtle way of expressing himself fully matches the unusual gracefulness of Freud and his early followers.