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The glass bead game (Magister Ludi)

Author: Hermann Hesse; Richard Winston; Clara Winston; Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, [1969] ©1969
Series: Rinehart editions, no. 138.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Utopian fiction
Psychological fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962.
Glass bead game (Magister Ludi).
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1969]
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hermann Hesse; Richard Winston; Clara Winston; Theodore Ziolkowski
ISBN: 0030818516 9780030818516 003084066X 9780030840661 0312278497 9780312278496 9788087888384 8087888383
OCLC Number: 33450
Language Note: Translation into English from the original German.
Notes: Translation of Das Glasperlenspiel.
Description: xix, 558 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The glass bead game: a general introduction to its history for the layman --
The life of Magister Ludi Joseph Knecht --
The call --
Waldzell --
Years of freedom --
Two orders --
The mission --
Magister Ludi --
In office --
The two Poles --
A conversation --
Preparations --
The circular letter --
The legend --
Joseph Knecht's posthumous writings --
The poems of Knecht's student years --
The three lives --
The rainmaker --
The father confessor --
The Indian life.
Series Title: Rinehart editions, no. 138.
Other Titles: Glasperlenspiel.
Magister Ludi
Responsibility: Hermann Hesse ; translated from the German Das Glasperlenspiel by Richard and Clara Winston ; with a foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski.


In an unspecified future symbolic world of the twenty-third century, Joseph Knecht achieves and rejects his long-sought ideal of uniting thought and action in isolated Castalia, where  Read more...


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Culture as a board game, ELC Review

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2015-06-23) Fair Permalink

  This book is set in a future where institutions that preserve culture are in a defensive posture in a monastic setting away from the world. The main character is a member of an all-male intellectual society that has distilled culture into elements of a board game, the glass bead game. His mission...
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