Demian

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Courier Corporation, Dec 18, 2000 - Fiction - 109 pages
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A brilliant psychological portrait of a troubled young man2s quest for self-awareness, this coming-of-age novel achieved instant critical and popular acclaim upon its 1919 publication. A landmark in the history of 20th-century literature, it reflects the author's preoccupation with the duality of human nature and the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment. Excellent new English translation. Introduction.

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Though Hesse's 1919 novel is not out of print, this spiffy little take is a dual-language edition. The text appears in the original German on the left-hand page and in Appelbaum's English translation on the right. Read full review

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Demian is a beautifully written novel, we get to live the procces of growth Sinclair experinced and see the world through his eyes. It also gives us readers a thing to think about, perhaps even help us in our own growth and shift our prespective here and there.
The flow of the story is amazing, time shifts are hardly felt and you move through the story's timeline with great ease.
The ending,though it leaves a few questions and is an open one, it fits the theme perfectly, and fufills the aim of the novel, wrapping it up nicely.
There are a few point though were a felt the story lacks action, even becomes a bit dull.but this is quickly forgotten as you move farword and in the story.
 

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Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 -- August 9, 1962) was a German poet, novelist, essayist and painter. His best-known works included Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hess publicly announced his views on the savagery of World War I, and 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 was usually 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. 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.

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