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Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

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Emil Sinclair is a young boy raised in a bourgeois home, amidst what is described as a Scheinwelt, a play on words that means "world of light" as well as "world of illusion". Emil's entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds: the show world of illusion (related to the Hindu concept of maya) and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. In the c ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 142 pages
Published September 1st 1981 by Bantam Books (NY) (first published 1919)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Star-ratings are funny little things.* At the risk of putting words into your collective binary mouth, let me tell you how it goes with a (for loss of a better word) "good" book...you know, one that you finish all too quickly and must lick your fingers and frantically flip back several pages in order to absorb the end once more, this time wholly, slowly, meditatively. At last accepting that you have experienced the novel's final message, that final flash of imagery both resolute and interpretive ...more
RandomAnthony
Hermann Hesse's Demian influenced me more 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 ...more
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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 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
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Rowena
Apr 20, 2015 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
"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 phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of every consideration."


It's quite timely that I read this one so soon after reading Zweig's tale ( Burning Secret ) about a
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karen
Jul 30, 2009 karen rated it really liked it
i am so glad i give authors three books to make me love them. this was hesses 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 all. this is a book that i would love to go back in time and give myself upon graduating from high school. i would love to know whether it would have made me more or less insufferable than i am now. because i could see it going either way, at seventeen. i could see myself ta ...more
❁ بــدريــه ❁



" لمْ أكن أريدُ إلا أن أعيش وفــقَ الدوافع
التي تَـنبٌع منْ نفسي الحقيقية , فلم كان
ذلك بهذه الصعوبة ؟ "

هرمان هيسه مدهش حقاً كل سطر من
سطوره مدعاة للتأمل يغوص في نفسك
ليجعلك تجابه صراعك الداخلي الذي يحولُ
بينكَ وبينكْ ويجعلُ الأيامَ تمضي وأنتَ
مأخوذٌ بذلك الشيء !

كل الشخصيات في هذا الرواية تبحث عن
حقيقة ما في الوجود الذات ، حتى أصبح
نمط الرواية تأمليّ بحت !

سنكلير : من صغره و هو يتفكر في أنه يعيش
في عالم النور و ما خارج بيته عالم الشيطان
و أنه لا يعرف أين ينتمي في العالمين المتناقضين
و محاولته للدخول ف
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 239 صفحه تشکیل شده است... داستان در مورد خاطراتِ زندگیِ پسربچه ای به نام «سینکلر» است که از زبانِ خودش بیان می شود
این پسر بچه در خانواده ای مذهبی و البته اصیل و پولدار، همراه با خواهرانش بزرگ شده است و رفتارِ آرام و مودبانه ای دارد و البته گوشه گیر نیز می باشد... فضای خانه را بهشت می داند و فضای خارج از خانه برای او دنیایی ترسناک و متفاوت است
در مدرسه نوجوانی به نام «فرنز کرومر» که در خانواده ای شر و خرابکار بزرگ شده است... بابتِ یک داستانِ دروغین از یک دزدی خیالی که
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E7san
Sep 11, 2012 E7san rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

قرأت حول هرمان هسه في كتاب اللامنتمي، وقرأت عن اللامنتمي في كتاب العالميّة الإسلاميّة الثّانية، هكذا قادني القدر إلى دميان وسنكلير، لكن لماذا الرّواية الّتي كان بطلها سنملير تعنون باسم دميان ؟

سنكلير يرمز إلى هسه .. الباحث عن نفسه، كما يعبّر في بداية كتابه: " لم أكن أريد إلاّ أن أعيش وفق الدّوافع الحقيقيّة الّتي تنبع من داخلي، فلما كان الأمر بعذه الصّعوبة؟ " وهذه المقدّمة القصيرة هي أكثر ما مسّ روحي من الرّواية - وما مسّها كثير - لقد أردتُ دائمًا أن أعيش حياة طبيعيّة، الحياة الّتي خُلقت من أجلها،
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Brooke
Oct 02, 2007 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ..
Demian...............how lucky people are who are so inclined to constantly be searching as are the characters in this book! How much they discover, how many emotions they feel, how incredibly inspiring they are. I loved this book because I love passionate people.
Afshar
Mar 15, 2015 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد اعجوبه و سیدراتها و بازگشت زرتشت این چهارمین کتابی هست که از هرمان هسه میخوانم
هرمان هسه شخصیتی خودساخته داشته و همیشه در پی کشف وجود و منیت خود بوده
او قهرمانانش را پس از یاد گرفتن راه رفتن،از هر معلم و آموزگاری رها میکند تا خود به سوی شناختن پیش بروند
وی بزرگترین مذهب رو در وجود خود انسان ها جستجو میکند
و انسان را آفریده ای تحسین برانگیز و خیلی نزدیک به خداوند می داند
در دمیان از سرنوشت انسان ها می گوید که باید این مسیر را طی کنند
البته نه با قدم های شتابان بلکه آهسته و با تامل
وهر انسانی سرنوش
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Maggie
May 05, 2008 Maggie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I forced myself to finish this short book and, in the end, felt it wasn't worth the trouble. I picked it up because I loved Siddhartha so much (though it's been years since I read it and now I wonder if it it will hold up). I found Demian terribly melodramatic and over-wrought and I could never really begin to care much about Sinclair and all his angst-ridden inner turmoil. There were a few interesting and lovely passages -- only a couple of times did I feel a thrill of poetry in the langua ...more
Panos Lettas
Apr 11, 2016 Panos Lettas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5*
Parastoo sahebi
دمیان جزو اولین کتابای بزرگسالانه ایه ک من خوندم.یعنی اولین بار در حدود ده سالگی.منو با یه دنیای دیگه ای آشنا کرد ک حس می کردم با دنیای خودم و اطرافیانم خیلی فرق داره.تو اون سن ب هر کدوم از دوستام قرضش میدادم نخونده پسم میداد و میگفت اینا چیه میخونی بشین جودی دمدمی بخون:))) و منم دیگه ناامید شدم از اینکه دوستای همسن و سالم این کتابو بخونن خودم تنهایی باهاش دوست شدم و وارد یه رابطه ی کاملن خصوصی و عاشقانه با دمیان شدم ک هیچکس دیگه ازش خبر نداشت.اعتراف می کنم خیلی چیزاش برام قابل درک نبود هر چند ک ...more
sologdin
Jun 01, 2012 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Nutshell: dude goes to school, grover-dills around town with various people, and finally goes off to war, either WWI or a predicted WWII.

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
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Lolita Bni Hasan
Jan 06, 2015 Lolita Bni Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عندما تنتهي من هذه الروايه تغوص في اعماق ذاتك وتبدأ في فهم هذه الفلسفه العميقه حول ما كان يحيكه هيرمان هيسه في حياه الشاب سنكيلر حيث في بدايه الروايه تتحدث عن الخطيئه مهما كانت صغيره وما يعقبها من خطايا وما الى ذلك ... هيرمان عبقري وجعلني ادخل في دوامات الفلسفه وسيكولوجيه الحياه بقالب يصعب على أي من كان فهمها عند قراءه هذه السطور للمره الاولى .. رغم ذلك هناك شيء ناقص اعتقد اني سوف اجده في روايات اخرى لهيسه

شكر خاص للاخت بدريه البرازي الي شجعتني وعرفتني بالكاتب عن قرب :)
Mahdi
خیلی خیلی زیاد من رو به یاد کتاب های پائولو کوئیلو انداخت. باید یه کم مطالعه کنم راجع به شباهتا و تفاوت هاشون. ولی مثل همون ها، از حقیقت گمشده ی انسانیت و از عرفانی مرموز حرف می زد، بدون این که بگه این حقیقت چیه و راهی به سوی اون عرفان نشون بده. فقط شرح مکاشفات و شیدایی های عجیب و غریب شخصیت ها بود که مسلماً در دنیای واقعی مصداق نداره.

جدای از اون، نیمه ی نخست داستان خوب بود. ماجرای بچه ای که در بین دوگانگی دنیای نورانی و پاک و بی آلایش درون خانه اش با دنیای تاریک و آلوده ی بیرون خانه اش مردّده و
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Himanshu
This little book took me to a strange place. It was infinitely large and every path of all the worlds led from or ended there. Within.

(Complete review to come after a re-read, which will be very very soon)
Dee
Nov 15, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demian.. What a beautiful book!!!

...“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us”...
Ahmed Azimov
Feb 16, 2013 Ahmed Azimov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حيثما شرعت في القراءة وابتدأ هيسه بالحديث عن عالم الصخب والعجائز والسجون والسكارى هذا العالم العنيف في كل مكان مقارنة ببيت والديه الذي يبدوا صالحا متسامحا محبا منيرا، أعتدلت في جلستي حيث أيقنت أن الفشيخ قادم

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
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rahul
Dec 27, 2014 rahul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Best Hesse I have read yet.
Immediate re read needed. For thoughts to fall in place before they are ready to fly away, again.
Paul Gleason
Feb 21, 2013 Paul Gleason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The brilliance of Hesse's novel is the way in which it crafts a mythic language to map the inner life of Sinclair - the main character - and, really, of us all. In this way, Hesse follows his modernist contemporaries - Joyce, Eliot, Lawrence, Pound, and, especially, Mann.

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
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هالةْ أمين
رغم أنني كثيرا ما أعيب على الروايات قلة الحوارات
إلا أن هذه استثناء
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لا أعرف كيف أصنفها تماما ، إلا أنني قرأتها في الوقت المناسب
ذاك الوقت الذي تبدأ ذاتك بطرح الأسئلة التي غالبا لا تجد إجابات مقنعة لها لتسكتها
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رحلة شاب بسيط متخبط في البحث عن الطريق الموصل لذاته
يتعالى ويتهاوى بين الفضيلة والرذيلة
لم يجد نفسه لا هنا ولا هناك
غاص في التحليلات الفسلفية والتفسيرات الدينية
فكان لصديقه ماكس دميان - الذي أحببت شخصيته كثيرا - تأثيرا بالغا عليه
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والحب الذي كان يبحث عنه فوجده
فلم يستطع أن يحدد موقفه منه
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بثينة العيسى

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؟

Sara
Apr 28, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
راجع به این کتاب حرف خاصی ندارم،نه خوب بود نه بد،البته هیچ کتابی بد نیست،حتی کسل کننده ترین کتاب ها هم حرفایی برای زدن دارن،اما میتونم بگم کتاب رو خوندم فقط چون شروعش کرده بودم و دلم میخواست تمام بشه.بین کتابی که با لذت میخونیش و کتابی که فقط میخوای تمامش کنی خیلی فاصله است.زیاده گویی زیاد داشت،می تونست کوتاه تر باشه.
Stela
Mar 30, 2016 Stela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stela by: Carmen Irimia

I will try not to be emotional and write an “objective” review, even though Hermann Hesse’s Demian moved me beyond words and explanations. Maybe because its serene tone and unaggressive intellectualism have a mesmerizing quality, or maybe because, just like Siddhartha some years later, it does not try to challenge or convince you. Or maybe because of the open-minded way in which it sees the world, it tells its story, it reveals its truth. And last but not least maybe because of the beautiful ima
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Roxy
I just completed the most incredible book I have ever read. At least right now, only minutes after finished pouring myself into its words for the past two days (in which I read it front to back), that is what I think... That this is the most special, enlightening, beautiful, peaceful, entrancing...almost holy books I have ever, ever read. Right now I feel this odd understanding and contentment in my stomach, heart, and mind. It might sound cheesy, but everything about this book was perfect. I re ...more
Chris
May 13, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know if this is a review or an essay, but a book of this quality deserves many of both. Excuse me while I meander around drunkenly looking for a point. Layman alert!

“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
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Alex Pler
Jan 10, 2016 Alex Pler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No muchos libros consiguen calarte hasta los huesos. Y de estos, solo unos pocos parecen comprenderte, aceptarte, abrazarte. Segundo libro de Hermann Hesse que leo, segundo libro suyo que me flipa. ¡Quiero escribir algo así algún día!
Vane J.
"I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?"


No review can do justice to this book. Simply put, its greatness is too much for anyone to come and write what he or she thinks about it. To try to review Demian is as hard as to review humanity's history, since its beginning.

I never thought this book would influence me this much. Not a long time ago, someone had told me that this book had changed his life; now, I think he'
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Cassandra Lê
Jun 26, 2014 Cassandra Lê rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(view spoiler)

Other than the spoiler above and a modicum of logic irregularities, Demian charmed me with its authentic sentimentality and insight into a teenage's emotion.

What I like about this book is its succinctness, brevity and philosophical ideals. Even though I am only a fifteen year old teenager and have not gone through the experience like that of Emil Sinclair, I comprehend the anguish struggle of two modes fluctuat
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only ca
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