Sigmund Freud was born 155 years ago today

“The greatest literary figures of Central Europe in the twentieth century (Kafka, Musil, Broch, Gombrowicz, but Freud as well) rebelled (they were very much alone in that rebellion) against the legacy of the preceding century, which in their part of Europe bowed under the particularly heavy weight of Romanticism. They felt that in its vulgar paroxysm, Romanticism inevitably ends in kitsch. And kitsch was, for them (and for their disciples and heirs) the greatest aesthetic evil.”

– Milan Kundera, from “The Most Nostalgic Opera”

Sigmund Freud was born 155 years ago today – May 6, 1856 in the Moravian town of Freiberg (today’s Příbor in the Czech Republic).

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