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Fugue means a temporary flight from reality.

In music, a fugue is a composition in which one or more themes are introduced and repeated in a complex pattern involving instruments or voices in succession, contrapuntally.

In psychiatry, the fugue is a state of psychological amnesia. In this state, a patient seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, although upon return to normal consciousness the patient cannot remember the period of time and the action during it. A disturbed state of consciousness in which the affected one seems to perform acts in full awareness but upon recovery cannot recollect the deeds.

Usage of Fugue:

The following excerpt is from the novel Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet:

“Hello,” the woman at the reception desk of ViMar Productions said, startling him out of his fugue. “You must be an actor, right? Do you want to drop off your resume?”



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Kovuuri G. Reddy

Kovuuri G. Reddy


Independent journalist; short, short story writer; living in Sweden. Worked as a broadcast journalist and teaching journalsim and media in England and India.