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Demian

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In Demian, Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse, author of Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian--into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 13mm | 136g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060931914
  • 9780060931919
  • 75,688

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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 Demian...is 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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"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"
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About Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse, geb. am 2.7.1877 in Calw/Württemberg als Sohn eines baltendeutschen Missionars und der Tochter eines württembergischen Indologen, starb am 9.8.1962 in Montagnola bei Lugano. Er wurde 1946 mit dem Nobelpreis für Literatur, 1955 mit dem Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels ausgezeichnet. Nach einer Buchhändlerlehre war er seit 1904 freier Schriftsteller, zunächst in Gaienhofen am Bodensee, später im Tessin. Er ist einer der bekanntesten deutschen Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts.
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Rating details

54,245 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 41% (22,257)
4 35% (19,210)
3 18% (9,915)
2 4% (2,239)
1 1% (624)

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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.show more
by Constantine Fountos
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