Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend

First Published In 1919, It Is A Brilliant Journey Of The Psyche Written By One Of Germany S Most Influential Writers And Thinkers Herman Hesse A Young Man Awakens To Selfhood And To A World Of Possibilities Beyond The Conventions Of His Upbringing Emil Sinclair Is A Quiet Boy Drawn Into A Forbidden Yet Seductive Realm Of Petty Crime And Defiance His Guide Is His Precocious, Mysterious Classmate Max Demian, Who Provokes In Emil A Search For Self Discovery And Spiritual Fulfillment.Demian Is A Classic Coming Of Age Story That Continues To Inspire Generations Of Readers In Its Exploration Of Good And Evil, Morality And Self Discovery.Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend

Hermann Hesse was a German Swiss poet, novelist, and painter In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game also known as Magister Ludi which explore an individual s search for spirituality outside society.In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German speaking world worldwide fame only c

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  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend
  • Hermann Hesse
  • English
  • 27 March 2017

10 thoughts on “Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend

  1. says:

    Star ratings are funny little things At the risk of putting words into your collective binary mouth, let me tell you how it goes with a for loss of a better word good bookyou know, one that you finish all too quickly and must lick your fingers and frantically flip back several pages in order to absorb the end once , this time wholly, slowly, meditatively At last accepting that you have experienced the novel s final message, that final flash of imagery both resolute and interpretively open ended, you gingerly set your paperback down this isn t the Ritz, folks feeling slightly dizzy, buzzy brained, shifty eyed, and maybe even a bit physically fatigued Immediately you find yourself absorbed in thoughts of how much this book meant to you within the context of the particular time that it chose to stroll into your life, specifically its impact on your sense of self both internal and external who you are to you, who you seem to others, how you feel that you appear to the world and how that actu...

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    Hermann Hesse s Demian influenced me than just about any book although I haven t read the novel in twenty years Through my late teens and early twenties I searched out every Hesse book I could find, including the rarities, journals, letters, etc., going as far as to ferret out European editions in a Berlin bookstore on a solo trip as much influenced by Hesse as cheap airfare My initial college experiences three institutions in six semesters ended badly I became depressed and, although I had friends, spent much of my time isolated with books My hostile, unsupportive parents created a tense, unsafe environment The future looked bleak I was terrified.But I had Hesse And many of the Hesse protagonists reminded my sad, desperate ass of myself I eventually finished college, scraped out an existence, and learned to survive Later a woman graciously and sympathetically agreed to marry me We moved to Wisconsin When packing up the apartment for the trek north I crated the Hesse books and didn t return to the author for twenty years.A few weeks back I spotted a decent Demian edition, with the Thomas Mann introduction, for a couple bucks at a Borders closing sale I read the book over seven illness ridden gray spring days And while my perceptions of the novel changed, of course, with the passing decades, Hesse s vision once again earned my appreciation.Si...

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    Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair s Youth, Hermann Hesse First Publication date 1919 Emil Sinclair is a young boy who was raised in a middle class home, amidst what is described as a illusory world Sinclair s entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds the show world of illusion related to the Hindu concept of maya and the real world, the world of spiritual truth In the course of the novel, Sinclair is caught between good and evil, represented as the light and dark re...

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    I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self Why was that so very difficult This quote stands alone on the very first page of the novel, and it tells you all you need to know I loved this book I want to make you love it I sit here at this keyboard and try to write, yet after reading this exquisite novel, everything I have to say sounds trite I type I delete Type some Delete Nothing I say is adequate I feel like I live inside Hermann Hesse s thoughts All of my struggles with morality and purpose and meaning they were his struggles too There were moments while reading this book where I just closed the pages, closed my eyes and thought, Wow I just want to live in THIS moment Suddenly, everything is clear I don t want to read any or think any or talk any I just want to experience THIS So profound was his writing that I can t even manage to explain it to you It s visceral There were moments where that cognitive dissonance that I m constantly battling just stopped It was like a bright light was shone on all my dark tendencies and I could clearly see my true nature Sincerely, it was that profound for me I want it to be profound for you, too Because then maybe, just maybe, we will understand each other You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them They all sense th...

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    I realize today that nothing in the world is distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself Demian is a sad and lonely read it is a thoroughly depressing exploration of the human soul and the adolescent mind The book portrays a general sense of detachment and dispossession with reality and the rest of the world Emil Sincliar is different We all are, in our own way though Emil is separate to everyone else in his solitude He doesn t quite belong with other people he doesn t enjoy the same things and often feels unmoved by things that would directly affect most people he is an outsider looking in, fated to exist apart from the rest of humanity Unlike Harry Haller in Steppenwolf, Emil is not a genius or particularly gifted with anything however, he is a truth seeker he wishes to find the truth of himself in a world that dictates otherwise Society is driven by monetary success, relationship success and occupation success though Emil does not want any of these things he wants to understand human nature at its very core so he can better understand himself and his own place within this world He is suicidal, depressed and exhaust...

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    i am so glad i give authors three books to make me love them this was hesses last chance to woo me, and he really almost got a five star valentine from me, but we will call it a four and a half must be a little coy, after all this is a book that i would love to go back in time and give myself upon graduating from high school i would love to know whether it would have made me or less insufferable than i am now because i could see it going either way, at seventeen i could see myself taking this as a cautionary tale, in a way, or i could see myself going whole hog into some sort of mystical, quasi intellectual liter orgical spree and alienating everyone around me i can see myself smoking a pipe and holding court wit...

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    But every man is than just himself he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world s phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again That is why every man s story is important, eternal, sacred that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of every consideration It s quite timely that I read this one so soon after reading Zweig s tale Burning Secret about a young boy leaving childhood This book followed a similar thread, a boy named Emil goes through his personal journey of becoming, and it definitely goes into depth Unlike Zweig s book, our protagonist comes of age in the real world, not in an isolated setting, and he does so with a sort of spiritual guide, a curious boy named Demian I haven t read Hesse since I was a teenager and I think this book would have been even impactful to me at that time, when I was trying to discover myself and choose my path Even so, I really did enjoy this book and I found my...

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    Man knows how much powder it takes to kill a man, but doesn t know how to be happy DemianUpdate, 7 3 19 I reread this with a small group of students reading Growing Up novels We have read so far James Joyce s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Jeffery Eugenides The Virgin Suicides and now this All three I realize deal with the struggle between spirituality and sensuality for young people coming of age Original review, edited a little, 8 6 18 Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair s Youth is a 1919 novel situated early on in pre WWI world of an adolescent boy, Emil, who early on is bullied, with Max Demian intervening on his behalf I first read it when I was 16 and was thoroughly engaged in it It wasn t until I reread it recently that I realized how it had influenced my early thinking about spirituality and identity More accessible than Steppenwolf or even Siddhartha, it was one of my very favorite Hesse books, because it situates the spiritual and in this case Hindi and psychological in this case Jungian ideas in a story of what seem to be real young people as opposed to abstractions, though some scenes featuring just ideological spiritual conve...

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