Thomas Mann - The magic mountain
Mann started writing what was to become The Magic Mountain in Protected content . It began as a much shorter narrative which revisited in a comic manner aspect of Death in Venice, a novella that he was preparing for publication. The newer work reflected his experiences and impressions during a period when his wife, who was suffering from a lung complaint, resided at Dr. Friedrich Jessen's Waldsanatorium in Davos, Switzerland for several months. In May and June Protected content , Mann visited her and became acquainted with the team of doctors and patients in this cosmopolitan institution. The outbreak of the First World War interrupted his work on the book.
Mann describes the subjective experience of serious illness and the gradual process of medical institutionalization. He also alludes to the irrational forces within the human psyche, at a time when Freudian psychoanalysis was becoming a prominent type of treatment
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