In , his parents sent him to a Protestant monastery near Maulbronn, but he was unable to bear the Christian education and fled just a few months later. Hesse knew exactly what he wanted to become - "a poet or nothing at all. After trying out many different schools, he became so depressed at the age of 15 that he tried to take his own life. He finally ended up working in a workshop, then for a clock tower maker and in bookstores. This search for identity and the difficult process of discovering oneself were topics that Hesse addressed in his later novels.
His stories were scattered with references to his own experiences, analyses of himself, and poetic avowals. He searched for a religious doctrine that was not militant or missionary, but open to other lifestyles, other ideas," explained Hesse's biographer, Gunnar Decker, "This is a crucial issue in the Arab world.
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Hesse achieved his literary breakthrough in with the novel "Peter Camenzind," and it suddenly became possible for him to live from his writing. He married the photographer Maria Bernoulli, moved with her to Lake Constance in southern Germany and started a family. But this comfortable and secure lifestyle was not what Hesse really wanted. He suffered in this existence and his first marriage, which would not be his last, became problematic.
The author fled from the cottage on Lake Constance and set out into the world, traveling to Sri Lanka and Indonesia. This trip to Asia influenced his later works greatly, one such example being his renowned novel "Siddhartha. After returning to Europe in , Hesse moved to Switzerland, where he volunteered for the military at the beginning of World War I. But his poor eyesight, something he'd struggled with his entire life, made him unfit for military service and instead he ended up caring for the German war prisoners in Bern. But the war and its propaganda aggravated Hesse.
He wanted to warn the German intellectuals to turn away from their nationalist polemics and be more humane. The article brought hostility and hatred on the author. The criticism and the events of war greatly upset Hesse, who then suffered a series of personal tragedies. His father died around this time and his youngest son became severely ill. In , Hesse became desperate and sought professional help. Using the pseudonym of Emil Sinclair, he recorded his encounter with the psychoanalysis in the novel "Demian: The Story of a Youth. Hesse's first marriage ended in divorce and he left his family in the hope of making a new start.
In his new home in Ticino, Switzerland, he produced some of his most important works, including "Steppenwolf" and "Narcissus and Goldmund. He married his third wife, art historian Ninon Dolbin, in and they remained together until his death. Hermann Hesse watched with concern and disapproval as the Nazis took control of Germany. Throughout the war he supported German refugees, including Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, as they fled the Nazi regime.
At the time, the Nobel committee said the prize was "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and the high art of style. Yet when Hesse died at his home in Swiss Montagnola in , his award-winning literature had lost its popular appeal. This could have to do with some critics describing it as kitsch.
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It was the hippie movement in the United States that helped revive his works. The flower power children saw themselves in his characters, struggling to exist as free artists in an established society - like Harry Haller, the protagonist of Hesse's "Steppenwolf. The book was a bestseller, and the Hesse boom that followed spread from the US across the world and to this day has not abated. Hermann Hesse is one of Germany's best-known authors abroad. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of a writer who explored identity, freedom, and the magic of words. Thieves never get old.
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Each year, thousands of manuscripts are sent to German publishers, but only a handful are published. Becoming a published author can be a long and trying endeavor. Nowhere else in Switzerland does spring begin as early as in the canton of Ticino. In Hesse married his third wife, Ninon Dolbin, and began in the same year work on his masterpiece Das Glasperlenspiel , which was published in In Hesse sent the manuscript to Berlin for publication. Hesse's other central works include In Sight of Chaos , a collection of essays, the novel Narcissus and Goldmund and Poems After receiving the Nobel Prize Hesse wrote no major works.
He died of cerebral hemorrhage in his sleep on August 9, at the age of eighty-five. He is still one of the best-selling German writers throughout the world. The above biography is copyrighted. Do not republish it without permission. I'm doing some research, and a couple of articles make reference to a story by Hesse or possibly a story in an anthology edited by Hesse. The story concerns Jure Grando, a vampire from what is now Croatia.
The story was based on a "real" folklore vampire, and was first recorded by Baron Valvasor in his tome work, The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola. From here, it was included in The Rhone's Antiquarian? This was where Hesse picked up the story, and either re-wrote it or included it in an anthology. I read a short fairy tale by Hermann Hesse many years ago but don't remember much about it or the name of the story, and can't find anything that is similar by HH via a Google search. It was in a book of similar short stories.
My description is going to be somewhat vague and brief unfortunately: There is a rose bush in the garden outside of a cottage. Either someone inside of the cottage is narrating the story or the rose bush is reflecting on various matters of concern to her.
At some point near the end someone dies in the garden and the rose bush absorbs the dead person? Any help with iden Hello, There is a quote I remember generally, about the author dreading all the superfluous words he has written in his life come to haunt him. I thought it is from the Steppenwolf but I'm reading it again and again and can't find it. I'm starting to think maybe it's not from there, maybe not from Hesse at all.
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Anyone has an idea where can I look for it? Thanks Part 1: I do not feel quite the same about my writing as the philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe felt about his writing, namely, that it contains "fragments of a great confession. I agree with Goethe in this. Even though my life by my late adulthood, that is by the age of 60, as a writer and poet had more solitude than sociality, most of my 7 decades of living have been intensely engaged with the outside world: its people, places and things.
In contrast to that Genevan philosopher and I am looking for an English translation of Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse. I prefer to read the first translation from , but two more by Creighton and a recent one by Horrocks exist. Has anybody read more then one of these translation? Which one is said to be closest to the original? Does anyone know where to get the first translation preferably online?
Thank you and kind regards, Eline What do you think of these short stories? Aren't they so short sweet and beautiful. I especially like the one about the two wise men. Anyone read these have any light to shed? For me, one of the parts of Steppenwolf that got me thinking was the preface. It is a fictional intro to the main body of the book, which is purported to be a manuscript written by Harry Haller.
The preface is by a fellow lodger. In it, he states that he doubts that the events in manuscript are real, and that if he had not met Haller he would have immediately dumped it in the trash. At the end, he says that he will leave it up to the reader to make up his mind for himself. The manuscript contains a strange tale, and I am not sure how to interpret it. It is interesting, though, to put it in the context of the preface. The reader is reminded that Haller's story may be just word I'm almost positive it was Hesse who wrote it.
He sings songs about love and the land and animals around him. He meets a girl along the way and experiences his first pang of heartache when she refuses to go along with him. With a few more instances of unhappiness he realizes life isn't exactly what he thought it was. It ends with him climbing aboard a river boat and sailing off into the night with it's respective captain. Not the best paraphrasing, but I'm short on time.
Any help? Hello : I am looking for titles of works by Hesse which are darker than the ussual ones, like The Man of the Forest, or The end of dr. Knelge both of which are excellent in my view. So, anyone got suggestions? I thought the story about a gifted schoolboy, academic who goes to university to have a profound reappraisal of his life, only to return to his village to work for a blacksmith was Peter Camenzind.