Drawing on the Lacanian concept of desire, this article offers a reading of one of Jorge de Sena's most confusing publications, O físico prodigioso. The físico's voyage of self-discovery is first considered from the position of Urraca, the demonic damsel
whom he saves. Her survival is not assured by being offered his blood but rather by being provided with a space where sexual difference can open up. The article discusses how Sena's novella may help us to comprehend one of Lacan's more controversial statements, namely 'there is no such thing
as a sexual relationship'. It also argues that there is a symbiotic relationship between the Law and desire, and that desire's multiple, constantly changing forms are an inescapable aspect of its very nature.
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