Sanatoriums in contemporary narratives: ‘The sea’, by Blai Bonet

Adéla Koťátková

Abstract


Literature and medicine are closely connected. Many works have portrayed experiences of disease and have been set in health care facilities, including sanatoriums. Anti-tuberculosis sanatoriums, seen as spaces of isolation and as the death row, have inspired many authors. Twentieth-century novels devoted significant attention to these institutions which, far from the rest of society, conditioned the life of the sick but also their identity. The magic mountain  by Thomas Mann and Rest home by Camilo José Cela are two outstanding references in this production. In Catalan literature, we need to highlight The sea, by Majorcan author Blai Bonet.


Keywords


novel; medicine; sanatorium; tuberculosis; space

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.8.10787




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