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Hesse : the wanderer and his shadow

Author: Gunnar Decker; Peter Lewis
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hermann Hesse's stories inspired nonconformity and a yearning for universal values to supplant the political fanaticism tearing Europe apart. Initially, critics thought his work inaccessible to Americans, but the counterculture of the 1960s--and subsequent generations of admirers--emphatically proved the opposite. Gunnar Decker weaves together previously unavailable sources to offer a unique interpretation of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Hermann Hesse; Hermann Hesse
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Decker; Peter Lewis
ISBN: 9780674737884 0674737881
OCLC Number: 1032288195
Language Note: Text in English, translated from the German.
Notes: "First published in German as Hermann Hesse: Der Wanderer und sein Schatten, © Carl Hanser Verlag Munchen 2012"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 791 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Doppelgänger in a straw hat --
A child's soul : oppression and rebellion --
The self-proclaimed writer --
Awakening of individuality --
At home crossing borders --
Portrait of the successful artist as a young man wandering beneath clouds --
A new beginning in Switzerland and the First World War --
Escape to Ticino : making a fresh start and falling to earth in the South --
The awakening of Steppenwolf --
Traveling to the East --
On the nature of The glass bead game : the looming presence of the Third Reich --
The old man of the mountains : Hesse's continuing journey inward.
Other Titles: Hermann Hesse.
Responsibility: Gunnar Decker ; translated by Peter Lewis.

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Against Nazi dictatorship,the disillusionment of Weimar, and Christian austerity, Hermann Hesse's stories inspired a nonconformist yearning for universal values to supplant fanaticism in all its  Read more...

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The definitive English-language account of Hesse's life...Decker makes clear that Hesse's restless soul was the basis of his books, which spoke to many people around the world.--Choice (05/01/2019) Read more...

 
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