A quirky fictional individual named Abbé Faria became popular when the
movie The Count of Monte Cristo, an adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas
1844 novel, was released in 2002. Few know, however, that the
character of the old man imprisoned with Edmond Dantes in the sinister
Castle of If was loosely based on Father José Custodio de Faria (known
as Abbé Faria), a famous pioneer of hypnosis whose life was as
exciting, adventurous and eventful as any swashbuckler.
About the Author
Laurent Carrer, Ph.D. is a French native who has lived in the U.S.
since 1978. He is certified by the American Translators Association
and has begun translating important works of the French pioneers of
hypnosis, making them pertinent to our times by providing relevant
commentary and biographical background. He is the author of
Ambroise-Auguste Liébeault: The Hypnological Legacy of a Secular Saint,
which features a translation of Liébeault's main opus Le sommeil
provoqué et les états analogues. He is also the creator of the
"Pioneers" column in the bulletin of the APA's Division of
Psychological Hypnosis. He lives in Encinitas, California with his
wife Rebecca and cat Rimsky.