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.
“Beautifully written, it has a seriousness as compelling as that of The Waste Land”
“Rich and strange”
New York Review of Books
“Hermann Hesse is the poet of the interior journey”