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C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse: A Book of Two Friendships

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  347 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Miguel Serrano, a Chilean diplomat and writer who has traveled widely in India studying Yoga, had a close friendship with Jung and Hesse at the end of their lives. This book is the outcome of his meetings and correspondence with them. Many letters are reproduced including documents of great importance written to the author by Jung shortly before his death, explaining his i ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Daimon Verlag (first published 1965)
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Erik Graff
Feb 12, 2012 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
In the course of endeavoring to read everything by or about C.G. Jung I came upon this much-reprinted book. Since I liked Hesse as well, it was a sure sell.

What I didn't know at the time, but got some sense of by reading this thing, was that its author, Serrano, was crazier than most of the Nazi race theorists he so admired. At least they formulated their ideas in the early years of the last century when such speculations were current. Serrano not only held them but elaborated upon them until hi
Susan Robby
Apr 06, 2008 Susan Robby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have any interest in Jung or Hesse at all, this is a must read. These are letters exchanged with a mutual friend of theirs, Miguel Serrano. Miguel Serrano wrote the book about his questions and exchanges with these two brilliant men.
Bruce Caithness
Jul 11, 2012 Bruce Caithness rated it it was ok
I used to love this book until I discovered what a twisted person was Miguel Serrano.

In an interview he was asked:
"Some friends of Jung, such as Van der Post, state that Jung came into conflict with the National Socialist regime. What were Jung's true views on National Socialism in the later years of his life?"

Serrano: "In this case, the statement of Van der Post claiming that Jung came into conflict with the National Socialist regime is totally untrue. He never had any direct contact with the
J.J. Brown
Jan 26, 2013 J.J. Brown rated it it was amazing
Chilean diplomat Miguel Serrano's record of his friendships with Jung and Hesse is fascinating. A brief book, it travels through diverse ideas in areas of psychology, philosophy and dreams. Ideas of Jung and Hesse are compared through Serrano's sensitive lense.
Gabriel Perez
Jan 01, 2009 Gabriel Perez rated it it was amazing
Interesante relacion de amistad entre Don Miguel Serrano Hesse y Jung nos muestra la linea espiritual de oriente y occidente
Mar 25, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Two people who have deeply affected my life, Hermann Hesse, who started me searching and journeying and Jung, who gave me the tools to interpret what I found. The letter from Jung to Serrano, unfortunately not finished, was a real insight into the great man. Respect Miguel Serrano, who met and was accepted by both these seers. What an honour - thanks for sharing this with us.
May 06, 2013 Pollinator rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Jung or Hesse, this is a must read. Serrano (a writer) had the good fortune of befriending these two brilliant men towards the end of their lives. The insights from both Hesse and Jung sum up their entire careers, their incredibly valuable viewpoints on lives well considered and lived.
Zoe Zuniga
Jul 21, 2011 Zoe Zuniga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: consciousness
A short but sweet collection of remembered conversations and letters between the author and 2 great men. It is amazing that he was able to cultivate such profound friendships with two authors so advanced in age. His connection with Jung and Hess were quite genuine.
Andrew Wright
Jan 11, 2013 Andrew Wright rated it it was amazing
Carlos Burga
Lamentablemente no hay forma de escapar de las ideas absurdas de Serrano, que no solo lo persiguen sino que incluso llegan a contaminar sus obras. Quizá fue para lo mejor que yo no supiera que Serrano era un místico neonazi hasta haber terminado la parte de su obra en la que habla de Hesse. Es imposible negar la habilidad de Serrano de comunicar escenas tan hermosas como las que él tuvo la oportunidad de vivir con Hesse. El poder ver a Hesse en sus últimos años es un regalo que Serrano da al lec ...more
لیلا ملکی
در 22ژانویه1961با هرمان هسه در خانه اش در مونتانیولا -در قسمت ایتالیایی سوییس-ناهار می خوردم.برف دانه ها در کنار پنجره اینسو و آنسو میریختند،اما در دوردست آسمان روشن وصاف بود.هنگامیکه از تماشای چشم انداز سر برگرداندم با چشمان آبی شفاف هسه که در انسوی میز نشسته بود مواجه شدم.بی اختیار گفتم:چه سعادتی که امروز خود را با شما در حال صرف نهار می بینم.وهسه جواب داد:هیچ چیز اتفاقی نیست.اینجا فقط میهمانان راستین میایند.این دایره قسمت است...
Mar 29, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sledi sopstveni put i volju do kojih si došao zahvaljujući svom iskustvu, jer je to pravi izraz tvoje individualnosti. Pošto čovek ne može da postane svestan svoje individualnosti ako nije blisko i odgovorno povezan sa drugim ljudima, ne treba egoistički da se povlači u usamljenost kada pokušava da pronađe sebe. Možemo da otkrijemo sami sebe ako smo duboko i bezuslovno povezani sa nekim, još bolje sa mnogima, sa osobama sa kojima možemo da se poredimo i od kojih smo u stanju da se razlikujemo. J ...more
Michael Davis
Jan 20, 2010 Michael Davis rated it really liked it
Fascinating stuff, and found at a time when I was just discovering both. I think I read this one after Steppenwolf and Demian but before Magister Ludi. Lots of insight into these two great minds.
Dara Paprock
Nov 20, 2012 Dara Paprock rated it it was amazing
The book had so much appeal.. the letters between the two minds, the stories and drawings. Intimate peek into thoughts and what is shared.
Daniel S
Feb 27, 2011 Daniel S rated it liked it

"Perhaps, then the only possibility that remains is Abraxas, that is to say, a projection of our souls both outwards and inwards, both to the light and to the deep shadows of our biographical roots, in hopes of finding in the combination of the two the pure archetype. This pure archetype would be the authentic image of the god which is within ourselves and which has been sunk for so long, like Atlantis, under the waters of consciousness. This Abraxas would also come to mean Total Man." [7:]

Nov 16, 2014 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

It is the book of my dreams. I've read almost all the translated work of Hermann Hesse and available works of Carl Jung. Carl Jung has influenced my life and work on many levels. These two are legends and each time I re-read their books I always realize something more about self.

Miguel Serrano has explored these two personalities with such truth that also explains his extent of love and respect for them and their deep influence in his life. He put forth the person behind the names and their two
Nov 07, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I have difficulty understanding how this book escaped my attention for so long, but I am deeply grateful for the circumstances which recommended it to me. One ought to read this book, I think, not as if it were a kind of camera which captured the thoughts of two great men of quite unique ideas, but as a kind of transcendental interpretation of ideas in themselves, not perhaps thoroughly vetted, but ideas put into motion in the hope that others might continue with them and bring them to fruition. ...more
Marco Antônio Nogueira
O livro conta os encontros de Miguel Serrano, embaixador do Chile na Índia, com Hermann Hesse e Carl Gustav Jung, transcrevendo algumas correspondências que teve com esses dois autores.
Danijel Brestovac
Apr 07, 2015 Danijel Brestovac rated it it was amazing

Carl Gustav Jung je imel nad svojimi vrati napis :

Vocatus adque non vocatus, Deus aredit
(Poklican ali nepoklican, Bog je navzoč).
Jan 28, 2013 Gökçe rated it it was amazing
Hermann Hesse sevdamla okumak istediğim bir kitaptı. Hermann Hesse kısmı içindeki, özellikle "Pictor'un Metamorfozu" benim için mükemmel bir katkıydı. Hiçbir kitapçıda tek başına bu hikayeye rastlamadım çünkü. Jung kısmını okumam ise hayatımda tam da dönüm noktası diye nitelendirdiğim bir zamana denk geldi. Yoga, spiritualism, benlik, bilinçdışı... Ne eksik ne fazla, tam da istediğim zamanda aklımdaki soruları çözümleyen, en azından karmaşadan uzaklaştıran, en önemlisi de yeni bir solukla başlad ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Pippa rated it liked it
Although some of the 'facts' in this book were rather suspect it was an interesting read.
Aug 13, 2012 Ömür rated it really liked it
I read Turkish translate from Kamuran Sipal. Look like a interview... and correspondence
Jun 21, 2009 محسن rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
آشنایی با بخشی از زندگی کارل گوستاو یونگ و هرمان هسه
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Chilean diplomat and explorer. Serrano is one of the most important authors of estoric Hitlerism, claiming that Aryan white people originayed from an extra-terrestial visitors.

Serrena held various ambassadorial posts for Chile in 1953-1970.

Originally embracing Marxism and writing for left-wing journals, he became quickly disillusioned with Communism. In 1939 he publicy himself with the Chilean pa
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“Words are really a mask,' he said. 'They rarely express the true meaning; in fact they tend to hide it. If you can live in fantasy, then you don't need religion, since with fantasy you can understand that after death, man is reincorporated in the Universe. Once again I will say that it is not important to know whether there is something beyond this life. What counts is having done the right sort of work; if that is right, then everything else will be all right. The Universe, or Nature, is for me what God is for others. It is wrong to think that Nature is the enemy of man, something to be conquered. Rather, we should look upon Nature as a mother, and should peaceably surrender ourselves to it. If we take that attitude, we will simply feel that we are returning to the Universe as all other things do, all animals and plants. We are all just infinitesimal parts of the Whole. It is absurd to rebel; we must deliver ourselves up to the great current....” 21 likes
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