Demian: The Story of a Youth
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Emil's entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds: the show world of illusion (related to the Hindu concept of maya) and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The main character of this classic novel, Emil Sinclair, is a young boy raised in a bourgeois home, amidst what is described as a Scheinwelt, a play on words that means "world of light" as well as "world of illusion". 2011 Reprint of 1948 Edition. The novel refers to the idea of Gnosticism, particularly the god Abraxas, showing the influence of Carl Jung's psychology. According to Hesse, the novel is a story of Jungian individuation, the process of opening up to one's unconsciousness.. In the course of the novel, accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate 'Max Demian', he detaches from an
Steppenwolf (1927), a European bestseller, was published when defeated Germany had begun to plan for another war. Hermann Hesse died in 1962. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. It is the story of Haller, who recognizes in himself the blend of the human and wolfish trai
During the 1960s Hesse became a favorite writer of the counter culture, especially in the United States, though his critical reputation has never equaled his popularity. His masterpiece, Death and the Lover (1930), contrasts a scholarly abbot and his beloved pupil, who leaves the monastery for the adventurous world. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. About the Author When this German novelist, poet, and essayist publicly denounced the savagery and hatred of World War I, he was considered a traitor.
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