Demian by Hermann HesseDemian by Hermann Hesse


byHermann Hesse

Paperback | December 18, 2000

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A brilliant psychological portrait of a troubled young man's quest for self-awareness, this coming-of-age novel achieved instant critical and popular acclaim upon its 1919 publication. A landmark in the history of 20th-century literature, it reflects the author's preoccupation with the duality of human nature and the pursuit of spiritual fullfillment. Excellent new English translation. Introduction.
When this German novelist, poet, and essayist publicly denounced the savagery and hatred of World War I, he was considered a traitor. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. His theme is the ...
Title:DemianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:109 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2000Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eloquently Enticing This book truly allowed one to explore not only the story's contents, but one's inner self, experiencing aspects of the characters that one perhaps never knew lay within themselves or their past as a youth. It is quite thought-provoking and, at times, asks to be reflected upon. The writing is also beautifully and eloquently expressed, and it is definitely a novel one should read in their lifetime!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This was the first Hermann Hesse book I ever read. This was the gateway drug to me checking out his other works. He really touches deep thoughts so many of us don't speak about. great book
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking This book was given to me as a Christmas present, along with some other books, and this was the 2nd book I picked up from the pile. I can't say much at the moment as I'm still trying to process what it is I just read but I am very glad to say that I did. It could change the way you view life and how you live. You have to read it with an open mind. As for the question of wether it is too complicated a read, I can honestly say that it is surprisingly simple to understand. I've picked up Moby Dick before and only got through 200 pages (out of 700 or 800 pages so it's not that much) before I finally admitted to myself that I had no idea what was happening. Also, this book is very short, only over a 100 pages and one should be able to get through 20 pages a day if given 30 minutes or so. But this isn't a book to read quickly; it's to be read with the desire of understanding the meaning behind the words. I found myself lingering on a page longer than normal because I needed to read some words again. It takes a while sometimes. But it's not too much of a challenge. Sinclair, Demian, and even Lady Eve - though she came later in the book - will leave quite an impression.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I've read this a while back and the first sentence in, I was already drawn. A story about youth and rebellion, and temptations, I think everyone can relate to Demian in a way. For someone who avoids old texts because of the difficulty, this is surprisingly very easy to read considering it was translated and first written in 1925. Everything is pretty much layman's words. This is mostly Sinclair's transition from childhood to adulthood and self-discovery and touches on subjects that everyone can relate to. No spoilers but you should read to find out for yourself. Very poetic and makes you think.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read My fascination with Hermann Hesse began when I was around twelve years old back in middle school when I discovered Siddhartha. A few years later, as a school assignment, I was told to read Demian and I can say that it changed my life. Written by a literature Nobel Prize Winner, Demian tells the story of Emile Sinclair, a young, confused boy trying to live a pious life at an age where succumbing to “evil” behaviour seems more attractive than living a “good”, god-fearing life. Along the way he meets Max Demian, an older boy, wise beyond his years, who teaches him the balance between good and evil and that life is about growing up and finding yourself and not following a stereotype of what society believes is norm. Through the years, and marked by Demian’s teachings, Emile embarks in a soul searching journey where he encounters some doubts about God, he reunites once again with Demian, he finds love and ultimately, war comes knocking on their door. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone. No matter how many times I’ve read Demian, as I grow older, I find more meanings to Hesse’s writings and this book can be applied to everyone’s life because we’re all full of doubts and this book talks about how we all have to embark in the journey of life to find our true selves.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entirely provocative!! This is my second book I've read by author Hermann Hesse and again he does not disappoint. This book may not be huge in quantity but the quality gives it depth alike any huge novel. It is a book to enjoy slowly and throughly with passion and patience for what Hesse has to offer. He offers a window into ones soul, the protagonist Emil Sincliar whom we observe from his uncanny narrative, such a script into his mind that we can not help but empathize with our own soul. Hesse has something for everybody in this novel, from the meek and confused, he offers comfort and understanding, to the proud and the restless, he offers a satisfaction within yourself, yet this won't last long as it will turn to an awakening that will cause you to yearn for a deeper understanding of ones self. I highly recommend this novel to, simply everybody, it would be a regret you never knew existed to pass up this work of art. I would as well recommend with equal esteem, another Hesse book entitled, "Siddartha".
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystical, Beautiful and a Masterpiece Demian is the story of young boy named Emil Sinclair and his search for himself, it begins around the point in Sinclairs life where he begins to question the beliefs he once held so strongly. It is a story that can almost touch that struggle that all people have experienced sometime in their life. that struggle of discovering who they truely are. The story seems to have an almost esoteric under current which gives the book some kind of magic that will keep the reader enthralled till the end.
Date published: 2010-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I can't believe I've never heard of this book before. I had just finished reading Siddhartha , also by Hermann Hesse and I just HAD to read something else from this author, so I picked up Demian. Thank God I read this book while I was still young. All I can say is that the book is amazing. If it were a painting, I would be standing back in awe, just like I was as I read the novel. Every young person should read this book. It is absolutely crucial, and it will change you for the better. For those of you who have read Siddhartha, I would venture to say that this book is even more powerful, because it explains everything Hesse believed in through a story that everyone can relate to, since it is more modern and not so much of a fable style book. READ IT!
Date published: 2004-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Psychology, religion and mysticism For anyone who hasen't read Hesse before this is an excellent book to start with, espically those 20 and under. A coming of age story about Emil Sinclair trying to discover his true self while struggling through his teenage years and early adult hood. One of those book that gets better when read for the second time. Pschology, religion, and mysiticism its all covered in this book.
Date published: 2000-03-07