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... show more
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
Publish date: September 8th 2009
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 166
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, 20th Century
, Coming Of Age
, German Literature
An amazing spiritual journey with Hesse following Demjan through his childhood, youth, adolescents. Hesse's wisdom is endless, his writings beautiful, his story always relevant. I found Hesse when I was 16 and his books changed my life. I further went into exploration of spirituality and searched fo...
This is the kind of book I'd have eaten up when I was in my early 20s, I think. It's one of those novels of ideas, and the ideas are vague enough that one can project one's own feelings on them. That's one reason it would have appealed to me. Also, I was a young man struggling with what I thought/kn...
This book was weird and gave me the hardest time to really focus on it. It starts a little boring because Sinclair really is boring af, but things seemed to appear interesting when the boy who gives name to the book, Demian, shows up. He guides him to the funny path away from all that boring life he...
I was prepared to crucify this short and tedious work as a kind of Celestine Prophecy for a far dumber age, until I saw that it was written at a time of high stress by a recently converted Jungian. At any rate, none of my friends rated it well either, so excoriating it no longer seems quite so neces...
Demian, is a book about the growth of an individual,a story about a boy becoming an adult.Demian offers a poignant statement of the terrors and torments of adolescence."Now everything changed. My childhood world was breaking apart around me. My parents eyed me with a certain embarrassment. My sister...