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Hermann Hesse
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Editorial Reviews

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"Hesse is not a traditional teller of tales but a novelist of ideas and a moralist of a high order...The autobiographical undercurrent gives Damian an Existentialist intensity and a depth of understanding that are rare in contemporary fiction." -- Saturday Review

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

From the Back Cover

In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious shoolmate Max Demian--into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

"The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War by Demian...is unforgettable. With uncanny accuracy this poetic work struck the nerve of the times and called forth grateful rapture from a whole youthful generation who believed that an interpreter of their innermost life had risen from their own midst."
-- From the Introduction by Thomas Mann

About the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in 1877. His books include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi. He died in 1962.

From AudioFile

As faces or body types can seem to belong to a particular era--the 1890s, 1920s, modern day--so can voices. Hesse's 1919 semi-fantastical coming-of-age novel about the psychological and spiritual growth of a mystic could easily be made to sound archaic and European. But Jeff Woodman's voice is contemporary and American, making the book sound very much of our time. The familiar tone of his voice risks banality, but his vocal ability and skill more than compensate by making the book accessible and vivid. He gives each passage appropriate emotional weight--never too much--and varies voices distinctively but with subtlety. Woodman delivers a brisk, bright, attractive reading of a book that, at times mysterious, even arcane, is here well rendered for modern listeners. W.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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