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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241307434
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

Demian


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The first of Hermann Hesse's novels to reflect his new way of thinking about the mind and his interest in the experience of the interior self.

'Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to follow the path that leads to himself'

Emil grows up the creature of two worlds: the safe, clean, respectable world of parents and school, and another world - a place of danger and mystery, servants' gossip and ghost stories, the dark currents that run under the surface. As he struggles between light and darkness, only the guidance of his friend and mentor Max Demian can lead him on a journey towards self-realization, in Hesse's fable of adolescent awakening and spiritual enlightenment.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241307434
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Württemberg, in 1877. He intended to follow in his father's footsteps as a Protestant pastor and missionary, but rebelled against traditional academic education and instead worked for a while as a bookseller, antique dealer and mechanic. After his first novel Peter Camenzind was published in 1904, he devoted himself to writing. In 1919, as a protest against German militarism in the First World War, Hesse moved back to Switzerland where he lived in self-imposed exile until his death at the age of eighty-five in 1962.

Hesse was strongly influenced by his interest in music, the psychoanalytic theories of Jung and Eastern thought. His early novels were traditional, but with the publication in 1919 of Demian, a Freudian study of adolescence with Nietzschean emphasis on the superior individual, he became an 'uninhibited innovator.' Each of his later novels, including Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund, was a step in Hesse's determined search for the self. The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel [Magister Ludi]) was his last and consummate work.

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Praise for Demian

“Beautifully written, it has a seriousness as compelling as that of The Waste Land”

Observer

“Rich and strange”

New York Review of Books

“Hermann Hesse is the poet of the interior journey”

Timothy Leary


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