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Demian (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – December 18, 2000
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Generations of readers have embraced this tale of a troubled young man's struggle toward self-awareness. Initially published in Berlin in 1919, the novel met with instant critical acclaim, as well as great popular success among people seeking answers amid the devastating aftermath of World War I.
A brilliant psychological portrait of an individual's departure from social conventions in the search for spiritual fulfillment, Demian encompasses many of the themes associated with Hermann Hesse, its Noble Prize–winning author, particularly the duality of human nature and the quest for inner peace.
Considered an important work in the evolution of 20th-century European literature, this perceptive coming-of-age novel enjoys a particular resonance with young adults, a fact that has made Demian a perennial favorite in schools and colleges all over the world. This inexpensive edition, featuring an excellent new English translation, is sure to be welcomed by teachers and students, and by the legions of confirmed Hesse fans.
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experiences that seemed so large and overwhelming because
we were young and naive. The longings, the desires, the confusion,
the fears, the awakenings, the awkwardness of trying to fit in yet
not loose our individuality. I wish I could have been able to go speak
directly with Hermann Hesse, to ask him for more details about the
things he was trying to teach us through this beautiful work. Anyone
who is intimately familiar with the realities of Germany before and
after the First World War will understand why Hesse was speaking to
all the veterans of that horrible and senseless waste that manifested
itself and ultimately led to the Second World War. This book leads
you through the common journey of youthful awakening and it is upon
the last page that he finally delivers.
DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE OF THIS NOVEL
PREMATURELY! You will spoil the whole story.
Herman Hesse is indeed a nightingale singing a bitter sweet
song of wise admonition. A short book, a major message.