In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious shoolmate Max Demian--into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.
"The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War...more
I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?
This quote stands alone on the very first page of the novel, and it tells you all you need to know.
I loved this book. I want to make you love it. I sit here at this keyboard and try to write, yet after reading this exquisite novel, everything I have to say sounds trite. I type. I delete. Type some more. Delete. Nothing I say is adequate.
I feel like I live inside Hermann Hess...more
وعن صديقه ماكس دميان الذي حدثه بتفسير مختلف عكس النقل المتوارث لقصة الخطيئة الخاصة بقابيل وهابيل وكيف تشوشت حياته بينما كان يعيش في عالم نظيف وصحيّ عالم الفردوس المزعوم
حسنا لقد تحطّمت التعويذة، فكل ماهو طيب ونبيل وأخوي يُنسب إلى الله والنصف الآخر المتبقي يحمله الشيطان، انك لاتستطيع اعتبار جمي...more
I focus on Mann because of the way in which Demian serves as a primer for Mann's monumental masterpiece - and one of the fifteen or so greatest books ever written - The Magic Mountain.
As a follower of Jung, Hesse knew archetypal...more
Along the way, some amusing readings of biblical events, delivered by Demian, the obscure object of desire in the story, regarding Golgotha (51) and Cain (23-24), the latter of which notes that "the first element of the story, its actual beginning, is the mark." The "Mark of Cain" is a metaphor that stays with the narrator the entire story, though it's not obv...more
“Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value,” says Demian at one point in Hermann Hesse’s eponymous novel. While this may or may not be my favorite line from the book, it certainly is the one that stuck out the most to me when I read it. How many of us know people like those critiqued in this line: those with the s...more
“But every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomenon intersect only once in this way and neve...more
Emil Sinclair is a young German boy who has always tried to obey his parents and live in their circle of “light.” In this life, he always knew there was another side. What he comes to realize through this novel – and through his friendship with...more
Di Hesse, al momento, ho letto solo 'Siddharta' e posso dire che 'Demian' (precedente di qualche anno) presenta alcuni aspetti in comune, a partire dal viaggio di formazione che, tramite le esperienze da esso veicolate, influisce profondamente sull'animo del protag...more
Like Siddartha, Sinclair, Demian's protagonist, begins the novel in the world of his parents. He is on a path to fulfill their ideal of success, and then for one reason or another, deviates from that path. Where Siddartha is driven by an inn...more
لمْ أكن أريدُ إلا أن أعيش وفــقَ الدوافع التي تَـنبٌع منْ نفسي الحقيقية , فلم كان ذلك بهذه الصعوبة ؟؟؟؟
سبحة بشعة من حجارة رديئة الشكل كلما همَّ “سنكلير” ذو العاشرة من العمر لـ يفرطها ليرتاح زاده الخوفُ حجارةً أخرى في سلسلةٍ منْ الأخطاءِ قادته إليها كذبةٌ صغيرةٌ اخترعها لأنه أراد أن يكونَ بطلاً لمدة دقائق بين أقرانه يحسبها عقله الصغير بأنها نهايةُ العالم وبدايةُ دخوله في “عالم الأشرار”المخيف,أصبحت أغلالاً قضّت مضجعة وربما تلك الذنوب البسيطة قادته ليكون دائما ًمطرقاً يفكر بكل ما...more
Although conversations often feel unreal, the conversations are incidental. Like Sarte's plays, it's more about conveying the philosophy, so the narrative grants an element of experience to the ideas.
It's what Faust argues with Mephistopheles---the duality between reading about something and experiencing it.
The narrative allows for aspect...more
I was also struck by how similar Demian’s message was to so many modern spiritual teachers today. The idea that he and Sinclair were among a select few with the courage to break free of so...more
Demian is certainly one of those books for me. It is the purest example of something concrete which affirms so many mystical notions I've entertained, burned and longed for my entire life. The connection I have with this book has given...more
En partes, sublime.
الرواية صغيرة، ولكنها وعرة وكما هي عادة هرمان هيسه .. فهي ليست نصاً سهلاً، ولا بيضاً مسلوقاً، ولا شيئا تستطيع أن تقرأه وتستوعبه كاملاً ما لم تمنحه نفسك كاملاً. الرواية رحلة داخلية يخوضها البطل صوب ذاته، وعليه فهي فقيرة بالأحداث والحوارات (نسبياً) .. ومليئة بتلك العبارات التي تضيء وتلتبسُ في غياهب المعنى. الرواية جميلة، تغادرها وأنت تحسّ بأنك .. هممم .. لست الشخص نفسه؟
Hesse's books tend to draw parallels between everything I'm experiencing and reading . . . Choke, The Mindscape of Alan Moore, Dreams and Wishes, my own story of the Purgatory Pioneer.
It's in times when I'm pressured to get a steady job, insurance, salary, etc., that this book really works his magic. Every person must follow their own path no matter how isolated it makes them. It is only then that you're doing the universe's will.
Like Bradbury, like Steinb...more
'Demian' focuses on the feelings behind being bullied, being small in the large world, and grappling for understanding...more
The book's about this kid, Emil Sinclair, who tries to negotiate his way bet...more
"Demian" è un romanzo di formazione, è la storia del giovane Emil Sinclair, nato in una famiglia borghese, ma...more
The other Hesse books I've read have been way more tranquil in their overall mood. Even when there was conflict, it all just seemed so silent. This just felt dark and brooding. I mean, I feel like I got it, but at the same time I don't think I really appreciated it to the fullest extent possible. Probably have to revisit this at a later date. Maybe the mood was just wrong for where I am in my life right now, whereas the other Hesse books have been...more
But where we have given of our love and respect not from habit but of our own free will, where we have been disciples and friends out of our inmost hearts, it is a bitter and horrible moment when we suddenly recognize that the current within us wants to pull us away from what is dearest to us. Then every thought that rejects the friend and mentor turns in our own hearts like a poisoned barb, then each blow struck in defense flies back into one’s own face, the words “disloyalty” an...more
Hesse was born in the Black Forest town of Calw to a Christian missionary family. Both of his parents served...more