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Steppenwolf

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'The unhappiness that I need and long for ...is of the kind that will let me suffer with eagerness and die with lust. That is the unhappiness, or happiness, that I am waiting for.' Alienated from society, Harry Haller is the Steppenwolf, wild, strange and shy. His despair and desire for death draw him into an enchanted, Faust-like underworld. Through a series of shadowy encounters, romantic, freakish and savage by turn, Haller begins to rediscover the lost dreams of his youth. Adopted by the Sixties counterculture, Steppenwolf captured the mood of a disaffected generation that was beginning to question everything.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 111 x 181 x 16mm | 142g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241951526
  • 9780241951521
  • 26,336

About Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Germany, in 1877. After a short period at a seminary he moved to Switzerland to work as a bookseller. From 1904 he devoted himself to writing, establishing his reputation with a series of romantic novels. During the First World War he worked for the Red Cross. His later novels - Siddartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narziss und Goldmund (1930) and Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game, 1943) - poems and critical essays established him as one of the greatest literary figures of the German-speaking world. He won many literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.show more

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The gripping and fascinating story of disease in a man's soul, and a savage indictment of bourgeois society New York Times Existential masterpiece The Times A profoundly memorable and affecting novel New York Timesshow more

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The gripping and fascinating story of disease in a man's soul, and a savage indictment of bourgeois society New York Timesshow more

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