Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Hermann Hesse, Translated by Damion Searls, Foreword by James Franco, Introduction by Ralph Freedman

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 135 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0143106783
  • ISBN 13: 9780143106784
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New, Translation
  • Sales rank: 115,539

Product description

A powerful new translation of Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse's masterpiece of youthful rebellion--with a foreword and cover art by James Franco A young man awakens to selfhood and to a world of possibilities beyond the conventions of his upbringing in Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse's beloved novel "Demian." 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. A brilliant psychological portrait, "Demian "is given new life in this translation, which together with James Franco's personal and inspiring foreword will bring a new generation to Hesse's widely influential coming-of-age novel. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Hermann Hesse (1877--1962) won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. His many books include "Siddhartha," " Steppenwolf," and" Narcissus and Goldmund." Damion Searls has translated many classic twentieth-century authors, including Proust, Rilke, and Thomas Bernhard. His translation of Hans Keilson's "Comedy in a Minor Key" was a "New York Times" Notable Book and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Searls lives in Brooklyn. Ralph Freedman is a professor emeritus of comparative literature at Princeton University and the author of an acclaimed biography of Hermann Hesse. He lives in Decatur, Georgia. James Franco is an Oscar-nominated actor and director. His writing has appeared in "Esquire," the" Wall Street Journal," and" McSweeney's." Franco lives in New York.

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"[An] excellent new translation." --"The Times Literary Supplement"