In December 1912, after meeting his love interest, Felice Bauer, Kafka published his first book. It was a collection of short stories entitled Contemplation. More short stories followed, often centering on his preoccupations with alienation and the inability of the self to find a place. "One is alone, a total stranger and only an object of curiosity," he wrote in "Wedding Preparations in the Country," one such early story. "And so long as you say 'one' instead of 'I,' there's nothing in it and one can easily tell the story; but as soon as you admit to yourself that it is you yourself, you feel as though transfixed and are horrified."