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Alianza, 1998 - Fiction - 453 pages
Pequeñas alegrías reúne más de cuarenta artículos publicados por Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) en diversos periódicos y revistas, así como una veintena larga de escritos dispersos en tomos monográficos. Ordenados cronológicamente, los textos aquí recogidos ofrecen al lector un corte transversal autobiográfico de la vida del que fuera Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1946 -no en vano abarcan un lapso de más de sesenta años- y dejan traslucir, en su estilo subjetivo próximo al del diario, el perpetuo talante de viajero y la insatisfacción ante la vida sedentaria y estereotipada que caracterizaron al autor de «El lobo estepario».

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About the author (1998)

When this German novelist, poet, and essayist publicly denounced the savagery and hatred of World War I, he was considered a traitor. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. His theme is the conflict between the elements of a person's dual nature and the problem of spiritual loneliness. His first novel, Peter Camenzind, was published in 1904. His masterpiece, Death and the Lover (1930), contrasts a scholarly abbot and his beloved pupil, who leaves the monastery for the adventurous world. Steppenwolf (1927), a European bestseller, was published when defeated Germany had begun to plan for another war. It is the story of Haller, who recognizes in himself the blend of the human and wolfish traits of the completely sterile scholarly project. Hesse won the Nobel Prize in 1946. 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. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.