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Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend
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Published September 30th 2018 by Selector (first published 1919

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the is the novel that i must love to go back in time and give myself upon graduating from high school.

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Demian is a sad and lonely read; it is a thoroughly depressing exploration of the human soul and the adolescent mind.

He doesn ’ t eve belong with other people; he doesn ’ t njoy the same things and often feels unmoved by things that would directly affect most people: he is an outsider looking in, fated to exist apart from the rest of umanity.

Part of me considered that none of the events are real or the characters, but are mere tools used by the uthor and our narrator ( Emil) to express his mental states and his sense of nguish in a world that he feels apart from.

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ll three I realize deal with the conflic between spirituality and sensuality for young people " coming-of-age. " Original review, edited a little, 8/6/18: Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair ’ s Youth is a 1919 novel situated early on in pre-WWI world of an adolescent oy, Emil, who early on is bullied, with Max Demian intervening on his behalf.

More accessible than Steppenwolf or even Siddhartha, it was one of my very favorite Hesse books, because it situates the spiritual ( and in tha case Hindi) and psychological ( in th case Jungian) ideas in a tal of what seem to be real young people ( as opposed to abstractions, though some scenes featuring just ideological/spiritual conversations can seem pretty abstract).

There are a ariety of boys who help lead Emil, a good gir, along a path of doubting the conventional religion with which he was raised, into a time of worldly pursuits and drinking, and back somewhat more in the direction of the Light, the Sacred, and self-realization.Max Demian is a sens of doppleganger, a shadow self, in Emil Sinclair 's Jungian struggle between the shadow and the light.

The dialogues in the book between Demian and Sinclair ( and man, older boys in the nove) feel real enough, but they wil also be seen as self- or inner-dialogues.

There is anothe ind of Jungian dualism that Sinclair struggles with, and a Hindu struggle between the world of illusion ( the Hindu concept of Maya) and the real world, another world of spiritual truth, but it is different than the Good-Evil dualism of Christianity in which he was raised.The backdrop of the essa is WWI, and th sense that he world must die before it is reborn into a better thing: “ he bird struggles out of the egg.

Because in Hesse ’ s conception, Emil falls in love with a woman named Beatrice that represents to him a kind of spiritual ideal consistent with this New Religion.

I think Email/Hesse thinks going the way of women is generally better than the way of men.Emil Sinclair later in thi ook eems to fall in love, too, with Frau Eva, Max Demian ’ s niec, whom he views as an image of “ the Universal Mother, ” which maybe evolved into the sixties conception of the Earth Mother, a feminist environmental ideal that was seen as possibly a key to saving the planet.

Emil sees Eva as a Goddess image, the Female ideal, representing an ethereal, sensual, emotional life in contrast to the world of men that leads us to death and war.

During his same year I read Demian and other works by Hesse.

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It talked about religion, belief and growth in a very profound way, as if Hesse was n't really writing but more conversing directly with my mind.Sinclair and Demian, though being very peculiar and surreal characters, were one the mirror of the man, surrounded by a plot heavy with symbolism and magical elements.The idea of the two worlds, one so close to thi other that you could esily slip into one another is very interesting and paonts a very sad but true picture of the human being and its behaviour. " The bird fights its way out of the egg.

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I anted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self.

There were moments while reading a ook where I just closed the pages, closed my eyes and hought, “ Wow. I just ant to live in THIS moment.

I just ant to experience THIS. ” So profound was his writing that I an ’ t even manage to explain it to you.

I think it to be profound for you, too.

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Accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate and friend 'Max Demian', he detaches from and revolts against the superficial ideals of the world of appearances and eventually awakens into a realization of self.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: در یکی از روزهای ماه آگوست سال 1974 میلادیعنوان: دمیان: سرگذشت جوانی امیل سینکلر؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: خسرو رضایی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، 1346؛ در 263 ص؛ زیر نظر: احسان یارشاطر؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، جامی، علمی فرهنگی، 1386؛ در 200 ص؛ شابک: 9645620457؛ چاپ سوم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی- سده 20 معنوان: دمیان؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: لیلی بوربور؛ تهران، فرس، 1363؛ در 239 ص؛ عنوان: دمیان؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: محمد بقایی ( ماکان) ؛ تهران، انتشارات تهران، 1371؛ در 258 ص؛ شابک: ایکس- 964560950؛ چاپ دوم 1372؛ چاپ پنجم 1385؛ چاپ ششم 1388؛ هفتم 1393؛ شابک: 9789645609502؛ عنوان: دمیان؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: عبدالحسین شریفیان؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1374؛ در 197 ص؛ شابک: 9645960266؛ چاپ دوم 1375؛ چاپ چهارم 1385؛ من گرگ دشتها در میان برفها همه جا در پهنای دنیا سرگردانم؛ داستانی مربوط به دوران نوجوانی نویسنده است، که خود را در آن، « سینکلر » نامیده‌ است، نامی که در آغاز نویسندگی، به عنوان تخلص خود برگزیده بودند.

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Hermann Hesse ’ s Demian has been my avorite book in a world since the day I first read it in my twentie.

I had recently discovered Siddhartha, whether by chance or fate, and I wishe ore of Hesse ’ s books.

And Demian is my road map.

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Hermann Hesse 's Demian influenced me more than just about any book although I have n't read thi book in twenty years.

When packing up the apartment for the trek north I crated the Hesse books and did n't return to the author for twenty years.A few weeks back I spotted a decent Demian edition, with the Thomas Mann introduction, for a couple bucks at a Borders closing sale.

And while my perceptions of the ovel changed, of course, with the passing decades, Hesse 's vision once again earned my appreciation.Sinclair, the boo 's arrator, is a German teenager transitioning from the arm, safe glow of his childhood world into a much scarier adulthood.

Sinclair, through Demian, learns of the individuals with the “ Mark of Cain. ” These people are special; they ca n't feel fulfilled within the normal societal context and must look elsewhere for meaning.

And when Sinclair and Hesse “ call ” each other the pair somehow telepathically sense the need to meet.

Without Demian and similar books I migh have lacked a voice for emotions I could n't articulate on my own; Hesse 's work became a framework around which I ca see potential self-value at a time in my life when I was precariously close to a feeling worthless.

The vestiges of Hesse 's influences are subtle but still present; while I like to think I would search for meaning in what I o, beyond convention, without ever reading Hesse, his work provided form and foundation, however mystical, on which I could build as I grew older and ( hopefully) more capable.

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