The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel

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Macmillan, 1943 - Fiction - 558 pages
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The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

 

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User Review  - Josť-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora - Goodreads

A good Tratactus on Society; on what distinguishes the normal ones from the elite ones.In Castalia, the Elite (or the Order) pursues the Games of the Mind and its cultivation.An elite member renounces ... Read full review

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Contents

The Call
47
Waldzell
86
Years of Freedom
110
Two Orders
145
The Mission
176
Magister Ludi
204
In Office
232
The Two Poles
262
Preparations
319
The Circular Letter
344
The Legend
370
Joseph Knechts Posthumous Writings
427
The Poems of Knechts Student Years
429
The Three Lives
446
The Father Confessor
488
The Indian Life
520

A Conversation
286

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Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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