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Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth (Hardcover)

Author:  Hermann Hesse
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0899666302
ISBN-13: 9780899666303
Sku: 30245516
Publish Date: 6/1/1989
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
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A friends mother, war, and newly discovered self-respect draw a young man toward his psychological awakening *Author: Hesse, Hermann *Subtitle: The Story of Emil Sinclairs Youth *Publication Date: 1989/06/01 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.75
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Hesse portrays the turmoil of Emil Sinclair, a docile young man who is drawn by his schoolmates into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention.
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The classic coming-of age novel by the celebrated German author and Nobel Laureate. It tells the story of Arthur Sinclair, a young German from a wealthy family. Arthur is a constant target of bullying and abuse at school, until he makes the acquaintance of Max Demian, a mysterious new boy. Demian is at once sensitive and overpowering, and he fascinates Arthur long after they are separated. Many years later they are reunited at the university.
Author Bio
Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hesse grew up in Calw, Wurttemberg, and Basel, Switzerland. His father was a missionary and publisher, and his maternal grandfather was a publisher in Calw. He attended a seminary briefly as a young man, and was an apprentice clockmaker and bookseller before devoting himself full time to his writing in 1903. Hesse served as a volunteer in the German foreign service in Switzerland during the First World War, but he reclaimed the Swiss citizenship of his childhood in 1923. He underwent psychoanalysis from 1916 to 1918 and that experience had a profound effect on his writing. Hesse moved to Montagnola, Switzerland (near Lugano) in 1919 and lived there until his death. The winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1946, Hesse was a leading voice of pacifism in the German-speaking world throughout his adult life, and his works were blacklisted in Germany under the Third Reich. In the years after his death in 1962, his works, many of which had not been translated into English before, became popular with the youth of the United States, who identified themes in his books which were relevant to many of the changes taking place in the U.S. during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Praise

Library Journal
"'Demian' is certainly one of the most significant works of Hesse and should be available in any good American public or college library." - F. Hirsch 12/01/1947

Kirkus Reviews
"A reissue of an unusual book first published in Germany before World War I this is beautifully done, and illustrates Hesse at his best." 11/01/1947

National Review
"Hesse is a writer whose particular 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." - Guy Davenport 11/16/1965

"Introduction to Hermann Hesse's 'Demian'"
"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--whereas it was a man already forty-two years old who gave them what they sought." - Thomas Mann 1948

New York Times Book Review
"The last half of the book suffers a sea change into something rich and strange--too rich and too strange for what has gone before. Symbolic dreams and painting, cryptic messages and meetings, transcendental relationships, culminating in a cult of self and of 'Fate,' replace the solution through rational experience that the earlier development seemed to promise. The luminosity of the story grows vaporish with only spasmodic flashes of the earlier intensity and light." - A.S. Morris 2/1/48

Saturday Review
"When all the reservations have been made, Demian stands as a classic document of the revolt against the unreflected life. Despite the fanciful touches, Hesse is not a traditional teller of tales but a novelist of ideas and a moralist of a high order." 06/19/1965

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributePublisher:   Buccaneer Books
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