The Role Of Hypochondria In The Life And Work Of Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka, the author of The Metamorphosis, believed that illnesses were caused by one’s actions and often blamed his weak constitution on the fact that authors were meant to be weak. For example, his thoughts on his tuberculosis were quite striking, as he believed it was caused by his indecision to commit to his ex-fiance, Felice Bauer. He believes his body had had enough of it after five years of indecision, so it decided for him; he ended things with Felice after his first bout of tuberculosis in 1917. Read full article here

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