Book rating: 05 Paperback Perennial Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Hermann Hesse, Translated by Michael Roloff, Translated by Michael Lebeck, Introduction by Thomas Mann

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 8 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060931914
  • ISBN 13: 9780060931919
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 106,756

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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 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

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The first time I read that book was a revelation in my mind and heart. In the second and third read, you discover more things. If you are a reader who seeks inner exploration, this is a good start.

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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""Hesse is a writer whose peculiar vision is worth inspecting. His world is shadowy and close to areas of the heart that will probably never see light. But his vision is a rare one, as commendable for its humane solicitude as for its strangeness and unearthly color."-- "National Review"