In it Hesse again explores the dualism of the contemplative and the active life, this time through the figure of a supremely gifted intellectual. He subsequently published letters, essays, and stories. Hesse published his first book, a collection of poems, in He remained in the bookselling business untilwhen he became a freelance writer and brought out his first novel, Peter Camenzind, about a failed and dissipated writer.
Hesse grew up in Calw and in Basel. Hesse also came to be preoccupied with what he saw as the duality of human nature. Lang, a disciple of Carl Jung.
Though a model student, he was unable to adapt and left less than a year later. This novel had a pervasive effect on a troubled Germany and made its author famous. A visit to India in these years was later reflected in Siddharthaa poetic novel, set in India at the time of the Buddhaabout the search for enlightenment.
As he would later explainI was a good learner, good at Latin though only fair at Greek, but I was not a very manageable boy, and it was only with difficulty that I fitted into the framework of a pietist education that aimed at subduing and breaking the individual personality.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles: He would express his disgust with conventional schooling in the novel Unterm Rad ; Beneath the Wheelin which an overly diligent student is driven to self-destruction.
In Narziss und Goldmund ; Narcissus and Goldmundan intellectual ascetic who is content with established religious faith is contrasted with an artistic sensualist pursuing his own form of salvation.
During World War IHesse lived in neutral Switzerlandwrote denunciations of militarism and nationalismand edited a journal for German war prisoners and internees.
The influence of analysis appears in Demianan examination of the achievement of self-awareness by a troubled adolescent. He became a permanent resident of Switzerland in and a citizen insettling in Montagnola. A deepening sense of personal crisis led Hesse to psychoanalysis with J.
Der Steppenwolf ; Steppenwolf describes the conflict between bourgeois acceptance and spiritual self-realization in a middle-aged man.+ free ebooks online.
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All I really wanted was to try and live the life that was spontaneously welling up within me. Why was that so very difficult? Generations of readers have recognized the impassioned cry that introduces the young narrator of >Demian. Demian: A Novel - Kindle edition by Hermann Hesse.
Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Demian: A Novel. Hermann Hesse, (born July 2,Calw, Germany—died August 9,Montagnola, Switzerland), German novelist and poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in The main theme of his work is the individual’s efforts to break out of the established modes of civilization so as to find an essential spirit and identity.
Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in and later became a citizen of Switzerland.
As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers.Download