The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel by Hermann HesseThe Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel by Hermann Hesse

The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel

byHermann HesseTranslated byRichard Winston, Clara Winston

Paperback | December 6, 2002

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The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, ...
Title:The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.21 × 5.55 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2002Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312278497

ISBN - 13:9780312278496

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from A masterpiece? Really? Now that I have finally read this book after intending to do so for over forty years, I am really disappointed. The Glass Bead Game is hailed as Hesse's masterpiece; indeed, the chief reason that he won the Nobel Prize. Really? I have to say that I found the novel pretentious in tone yet shallow in concept, overwrought yet vapid, and exhaustingly long yet artistically lazy.
Date published: 2013-08-19

Editorial Reviews

"...a genre blend of science fiction, fantasy, and fictional biography, leavened with musicology, poetry, and Hesse's unique swirl of Eastern and Western philosophy." - The American Scholar