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Anken jungen Dichters empfohlen des zeitkritischen Poeten Emil Sinclair der bisher nur in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften durch pazifistische Mahnrufe und Erzählungen aufgefallen war die gleichfalls von Hesse stammten Doch trotz des Inkognitos erlebte das Buch eine geradezu stürmische Aufnahme und wurde noch im Erscheinungsjahr mit dem Fontane Preis für das beste Erstlingswerk eines Nachwuchsautors ausgezeichnet Thomas Mann. I realize today that nothing in the world is distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself Demian is a sad and lonely read it is a thoroughly depressing exploration of the human soul and the adolescent mind The book portrays a general sense of detachment and dispossession with reality and the rest of the world Emil Sincliar is different We all are in our own way though Emil is separate to everyone else in his solitude He doesn t uite belong with other people he doesn t enjoy 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 humanity Unlike Harry Haller in Steppenwolf Emil is not a genius or particularly gifted with anything however he is a truth seeker he wishes to find the truth of himself in a world that dictates otherwise Society is driven by monetary success relationship success and occupation success though Emil does not want any of these things he wants to understand human nature at its very core so he can better understand himself and his own place within this world He is suicidal depressed and exhausted with the realities of modern existence I have been and still am a seeker but I have ceased to uestion stars and books I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me He looks within himself and finds the answers Through the words of a friend he realises that morality that good and evil that god and the devil are not necessarily diametrically opposed but are part of larger whole one entity that exists in union Sounds like Hesse has been reading Nietzsche His soul becomes less fractured and his person becomes solid as a result He is ready to be born anew with his knew knowledge thus he expresses himself in art art that echoes the images and ideas of the surrealists As with most modernist works Demian is an absolute treasure trove of psychoanalytical theory Part of me considered that none of the events are real or the characters but are mere tools used by the author and our narrator Emil to express his mental states and his sense of anguish in a world that he feels apart from Despite being a relatively short work the narrative is dense and obscure I would love to read this in conjunction with Jung or Freud and consider the implications of the dreams and the expressions of emotions There s certainly a lot to pick apart here This is a very clever book though I don t think it is nearly as successful as Steppenwolf which explores similar themes to a higher degree of effectiveness it is nevertheless definitely worth a read for the philosophically minded

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Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend

Verglich die elektrisierende Wirkung des Buches mit der von Goethes Werther da es »mit unheimlicher Genauigkeit den Nerv der Zeit traf und eine ganze Jugend die wähnte aus ihrer Mitte sei ihr ein Künder ihres tiefsten Lebens entstanden zu dankbarem Entzücken hinriß« Bis zur Entdeckung des Pseudonyms im Mai 1920 erschienen drei Auflagen denen dann unter Hesses eigenem Namen zu seinen Lebzeiten noch 93 weitere folgten. The things I do for BTSJoking this was one of the few books that really had an impact on my way of thinking It talked about religion belief and growth in a very profound way as if Hesse wasn t really writing but conversing directly with my mindSinclair and Demian though being very peculiar and surreal characters were one the mirror of the other surrounded by a plot heavy with symbolism and magical elementsThe idea of the two worlds one so close to the other that you could esily slip into one another is very fascinating and paonts a very sad but true picture of the human being and its behaviourThe bird fights its way out of the egg The egg is the world Who would be born must first destroy a world The bird flies to God The God s name is Abraxas

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Wie alle Hauptwerke Hermann Hesses hat auch der Demian den der damals 40jährige Autor mitten im Ersten Weltkrieg schrieb eine ebenso ungewöhnliche wie spannende Entstehungs und Wirkungsgeschichte Daß dieses im Herbst 1917 vollendete Buch erst im Juni 1919 ein halbes Jahr nach Kriegsende veröffentlicht wurde lag an der Unbekanntheit des Verfassers Denn Hesse hatte das Manuskript dem Verlag als das Erstlingswerk eines kr. Hermann Hesse s Demian influenced me than just about any book although I haven t read the novel in twenty years Through my late teens and early twenties I searched out every Hesse book I could find including the rarities journals letters etc going as far as to ferret out European editions in a Berlin bookstore on a solo trip as much influenced by Hesse as cheap airfare My initial college experiences three institutions in six semesters ended badly I became depressed and although I had friends spent much of my time isolated with books My hostile unsupportive parents created a tense unsafe environment The future looked bleak I was terrifiedBut I had Hesse And many of the Hesse protagonists reminded my sad desperate ass of myself I eventually finished college scraped out an existence and learned to survive Later a woman graciously and sympathetically agreed to marry me We moved to Wisconsin When packing up the apartment for the trek north I crated the Hesse books and didn t return to the author for twenty yearsA few weeks back I spotted a decent Demian edition with the Thomas Mann introduction for a couple bucks at a Borders closing sale I read the book over seven illness ridden gray spring days And while my perceptions of the novel changed of course with the passing decades Hesse s vision once again earned my appreciationSinclair the novel s narrator is a German teenager transitioning from the warm safe glow of his childhood world into a much scarier adulthood He tries to follow the rules but feels himself called to something other than the town status uo In school he meets a new student the mysterious adult and somewhat feminine Demian Sinclair through Demian learns of the individuals with the Mark of Cain These people are special they can t feel fulfilled within the normal societal context and must look elsewhere for meaning Sinclair spends much of his time alone feels loss and terror and almost fails out of boarding school Do you see why this setup was attractive to a teenager who felt like he couldn t stand ten minutes in a room with his parents and couldn t pass his first university courses I wanted to feel as if my isolation and third rate social skills had meaning and set me apart with a purpose I couldn t comprehend Demian and Sinclair separate after graduation and the latter experiments with alcoholic hazes before falling under the influence of a new mentor the benevolent but drunken and limited church organist Pistorus Sinclair paints and creates a vision of a bird breaking out of the egg as metaphor for his own process I wanted so badly to embody that bird to prove my failures as something deeper than incompetence Sinclair catches up with Demian near the start of what seems to be the second world war and when they next part they declare themselves part of a new vanguard who will help reshape the world after the military convulsions Demian is flawed Some passages rely on vague mythic language that mires in mystical and somewhat frustrating possibilities in other words one could accuse Hesse of taking the easy way out by framing Demian s insight as near indescribable And when Sinclair and Hesse call each other the pair somehow telepathically sense the need to meet This magic romantic power is easier to describe than anything tangible and even as a teenager I knew this type of interaction was beyond my capabilities and probably bullshit And when Demian says things like The new world has begun and the new world will be terrible for those clinging to the old What will you do he benefits from the lack of detail But none of that mattered to me twenty twenty five years back Hesse portrayed identity challenged young men who struggled on the edge of mainstream daily existence and hoped for something And while I can see the inherent romanticism and frustrating pseudo spiritualism with older calmer eyes I still feel the pull of Hesse s work Without Demian and similar books I would have lacked a voice for emotions I couldn t articulate on my own Hesse s work became a framework around which I could see potential self value at a time in my life when I was precariously close to a feeling worthless And while I can position Demian as a novel that resonates differently with me at forty one than at nineteen I recognize the camaraderie inherent in this book with a part of me that will never completely disappear Demian is intrinsic to my narrative vocabulary and always will be The vestiges of Hesse s influences are subtle but still present while I like to think I would search for meaning in what I do 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 capable Thank you Mr Hesse for being there when I needed you most


9 thoughts on “Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend

  1. says:

    Hermann Hesse's Demian influenced me than just about any book although I haven't read the novel in twenty years Through my late teens and early twenties I searched out every Hesse book I could find including the rarities journals letters etc going as far as to ferret out European editions in a Berlin bookstore on a solo trip as much influenced by Hesse as cheap airfare My initial college experiences three institutions in six semes

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    Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth Hermann Hesse ّFirst Publication date 1919 Emil Sinclair is a young boy who was raised in a middle class home amidst what is described a

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    I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self Why was that so very dif

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    “I realize today that nothing in the world is distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself” Demian is a sad and lonely read; it is a thoroughly depressing exploration of the human soul and the adolescent mind The book p

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    i am so glad i give authors three books to make me love them this was hesse's last chance to woo me and he really almost got a five star valentine from me but we will call it a four and a half must be a little coy after a

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    But every man is than just himself; he also represents the uniue the very special and always significant and remarkable point at whic

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    The things I do for BTSJoking this was one of the few books that really had an impact on my way of thinking It talked about

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    “Man knows how much powder it takes to kill a man but doesn’t know how to be happy”—DemianUpdate 7319 I reread this with a small group of students reading Growing Up novels We have read so far James Joyce's A Portr

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    “The bird fights its way out of the egg The egg is the world Who would be born must first destroy a world The bird flies to God That God's name is Abraxas”For a book full of philoshophical meanings Demian was uite understandable The author did a great job to present his character's thinking and feelings and even the transition from a boy to a man Okay so Demian is a book about growing up finding oneself and one's place and

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