Posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:29 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A literary mystery may have finally been solved, reports The Guardian.

Gleb Zilberstein believes that author George Orwell may have contracted the tuberculosis that killed him in a Spanish hospital.

The scientist tested a letter that Orwell wrote after coming home from fighting — and being wounded — in the Spanish Civil War in July 1937 to make that determination.

Orwell managed to finish writing the novel 1984 while being treated for tuberculosis, finishing it less than a year before his death in 1950. 

Zilberstein has previously identified traces of kidney disease on the manuscript of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.

Read about his method and the findings in the full article at The Guardian.

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