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Demian

Author: Hermann Hesse   Series: Penguin Modern Classics

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The first of Hermann Hesse's novels to reflect his new way of thinking about the mind and his interest in the experience of the interior self

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Summary

The first of Hermann Hesse's novels to reflect his new way of thinking about the mind and his interest in the experience of the interior self

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Description

'Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to follow the path that leads to himself'

Emil grows up the creature of two worlds- the safe, clean, respectable world of parents and school, and another world - a place of danger and mystery, servants' gossip and ghost stories, the dark currents that run under the surface. As he struggles between light and darkness, only the guidance of his friend and mentor Max Demian can lead him on a journey towards self-realization, in Hesse's fable of adolescent awakening and spiritual enlightenment.

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Critic Reviews

“Hesse is not a traditional teller of tales but a novelist of ideas and a moralist of a high order...The autobiographical undercurrent gives Demian an Existentialist intensity and a depth of understanding that are rare in contemporary fiction.”

One can neither date nor doubt the sincerity of the hero s search for satisfaction or the quality of the spirit that lies behind it -- Times Literary Supplement Beautifully written, it has a seriousness as compelling as as that of The Waste Land . . . the work of a major writer Observer Saturday Review

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About the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Germany, in 1877. After a short period at a seminary he moved to Switzerland to work as a bookseller. During the First World War he worked for the Red Cross. His later novels - most importantly Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narcissus und Goldmund (1930) and The Glass Bead Game (1943) - and his poems and critical essays established him as one of the towering literary figures of the German-speaking world. He won many literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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'Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to follow the path that leads to himself' Emil grows up the creature of two worlds: the safe, clean, respectable world of parents and school, and another world - a place of danger and mystery, servants' gossip and ghost stories, the dark currents that run under the surface. As he struggles between light and darkness, only the guidance of his friend and mentor Max Demian can lead him on a journey towards self-realization, in Hesse's fable of adolescent awakening and spiritual enlightenment. 'Beautifully written, it has a seriousness as compelling as that of The Waste Land ' Observer 'Rich and strange' New York Review of Books 'Hermann Hesse is the poet of the interior journey' Timothy Leary

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd | Penguin Classics
Published
7th September 2017
Pages
144
ISBN
9780241307434
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