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Steppenwolf (Paperback)

Author:  Hermann Hesse Translator:  Basil Creighton
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312278675
ISBN-13: 9780312278670
Sku: 31026360
Publish Date: 12/1/2002
Pages:  224
Age Range:  NA
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A critique of bourgeois society is viewed through the perceptions and beliefs of a lonely and sensitive man through his partly beautiful, partly diseased fantasies as he struggles to reconcile the rational man and primeval wolf within himself. Reprint. *Author: Hesse, Hermann *Publication Date: 2002/12/01 *Number of Pages: 224 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
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With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse’s best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul’s journey to liberation

Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—For Madmen Only!

Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf ’s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.
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.

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New York Times
"Although it is written in a noble, lofty and lucid style (and ably translated), ['Steppenwolf'] may strike the average reader as too 'European,' too mystical and possibly too shocking in its brutal honesty. 'Steppenwolf' will most likely remain fare for the knowing few." - Claude Hill 03/16/1947

"And need it be stated that, as an experimental novel, 'Steppenwolf' is no less daring than 'Ulysses' and 'The Counterfeiters'?" - Thomas Mann 1948

Bookman
"No review, whatever its length, could ever do justice to this amazing book....For anyone who is not afraid of being disturbed and who strives towards a sympathetic understanding of modern intellectual Germany, 'Steppenwolf' is indispensable." Oct. 1929

Spectator
"This is an absorbing book for the psychologist, though merely bewildering, probably, to the average novel reader....If you read without prejudice and with the close attention such a novel demands, you will not only be held by the enigma it presents but be pierced continually by a wisdom which scatters shafts of light." - R.A. Taylor 05/18/1929

Saturday Review
"'Steppenwolf' has its compensations. A passionate love of music runs through it, infecting the reader with its ardour." - L. P. Hartley 06/01/1929

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