Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

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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: 109,300

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.

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Author information

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"