September 22, 2023


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Books – Studying Hermann Hesse throughout Flu Season

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Yesterday was a little bit bit exhausting (due to the flu), so I spent a while within the afternoon laying down and skim “Narcissus & Goldmund” by Hermann Hesse. Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet/author, he wrote a number of fiction primarily about particular person’s seek for the that means of life, duality, self-knowledge and spirituality again within the 1900s. He later received a Nobel Prize in 1946.

I first learn Siddharta (1922) in 2014, my artistic director handed me her e book as a result of she thought that I’d prefer it. I did prefer it and I reread it a number of occasions over time. Then I by chance discovered Steppenwolf (1927) with the identical basic cowl version and I purchased it from a second hand store for RM 3 – did not just like the story as a lot, however listed here are some stunning excerpts. Then I am unable to bear in mind when/how did I come throughout Narcissus & Goldmund (1930), additionally with the identical cowl version. All by Bantam Books printed within the 70s. 

I am not a collector, however discovering a e book with a basic cowl nonetheless intact and first rate is by some means fulfilling. 

So this 12 months I wish to learn extra classics proper, I am pausing on Dostoyevsky at this second and determined to learn as a lot Hesse as a substitute as a result of he wrote about spirituality from a Westerner’s point-of-view within the 1900s and I feel that’s an attention-grabbing learn.

I listened to his novella : The Journey to The East (1932) final month then I continued with studying my copy of Narcissus & Goldmund. I am interested by Wandering (1920) however I could not discover a bodily copy wherever. Most of his different works will be discovered on Scribd – I simply must study to learn on display :F

You possibly can see his sample and repetitive matters in his completely different fictions. Perhaps sooner or later I ought to totally nerd up and compile collectively all of the issues I discover attention-grabbing about Hermann Hesse. Additionally, at occasions, you’ll be able to really feel like studying Haruki Murakami mixed with Paulo Coelho. However it’s nonetheless uniquely Hesse.

Attention-grabbing details about Hesse : 

  • So in quest of the ‘that means’, he went on a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Borneo, Burma again in 1911 – when folks do not actually journey that a lot, to seek for ‘enlightenment’ within the East. Is not that attention-grabbing ? Coming to Southeast Asia for enlightenment. 
  • On faith : He believed that “for various folks, there are alternative ways to God”; however regardless of the affect he drew from Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, he said about his dad and mom: “their Christianity, one not preached however lived, was the strongest of the powers that formed and moulded me”. 
  • He was banned and banished from Germany in the course of the Nazi regime : for his anti-war views and critiques, he additionally supported German refugees. 

Novels :

  • 1904 – Peter Camenzind 
  • 1906 – Unterm Rad (Beneath the Wheel; or The Prodigy) 
  • 1910 – Gertrude
  • 1914 – Rosshalde 
  • 1915 – Knulp (or Three Tales from the Lifetime of Knulp) 
  • 1919 – Demian
  • 1922 – Siddhartha 
  • 1927 – Der Steppenwolf 
  • 1930 – Narziß und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund; or Loss of life and the Lover) 
  • 1932 –  Die Morgenlandfahrt (Journey to the East) 
  • 1943 – Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Sport; or Magister Ludi)
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