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Encrucijada de todas las obsesiones e intuiciones de HERMANN HESSE (1877-1962) y exponente de su singular talento para el relato, EL LOBO ESTEPARIO se inscribe dentro del empeño, patente a lo largo de toda su obra, por iluminar la zona oscura de la condición humana a fin de poner al descubierto su carga trágica y su incierto destino. Ser solitario e incomunicado, extraño y ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 28th 1994 by Alianza (first published 1927)
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Rajat Ubhaykar
I read this book on a twenty four hour train journey surrounded by the bourgeois. It was a terrifying experience. The book didn't change my life and was not meant to, but it gave me hope and hope is always a good thing.

The influence of Indian spirituality on this book is apparent, but Hesse chooses to dissect it using the prism of Western pessimism. He talks about the multiplicity of the self and the infinite potential associated with it, how we often choose to attach fanciful restrictions to t
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
This novel:

1. Initially reminded me very much of my own mental imbalances.

2. Started to make me feel like I'd been had, and that it was, in fact, just pretentious, overly self-aware "me me me" wackoff shite.

3. Redeemed itself (AND THE NARRATOR!) in the end with its exploration of drug-induced Jungian dreamscapes and subconscious mental states.

4. Successfully summoned that strange emotion that I like to call "happysad."

5. Did not change my life forever, but did act like aloe on a sunburn for my
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Jenn(ifer)
Um. What the? What?

What the hell did I just read?

First third, BRILLIANT -- one of the most interesting bits of philosophical fiction I've ever read. Seriously. I was completely enthralled. Second third -- hard to believe that two people would ever actually have conversations such as these, but still engaging. Third third -- what the F*CK? No, really, what the f*ck? It was some sort of crazy funhouse reality blurring, whacked out Kubrick film. I don't know if I liked it or I hated it. My brain i
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Erin
May 25, 2010 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: self
Who am I?
Am I a hedonistic, drug using, sex-obsessed creature of the night, or am I a polite bourgeoise academic who does nothing but sit in my study-with clean floors-and read all day?
Can one be both?
I've been something of both, like the main character in this book.
The final message is that nothing matters, so we should all stop worrying about trying to find meaning or integrating the different parts of our personalities. Instead, we should just laugh our asses off! There's also a theme of lon
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Dan Schwent
Harry Haller fights a battle ever day against his animalistic nature, the Steppenwolf, the thing keeping him from fitting in with society. Will he conquer the Steppenwolf before it drives him to suicide?

I'd toyed with the idea of paraphrasing the opening of the 1970's Incredible Hulk TV show but it felt disrespectful to a book of this power. Steppenwolf is one of the more thought-provoking books I've ever read. I lost count of the number of times I stopped and pondered my own Steppenwolfishness.
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sologdin
Likely the dumbest Important Book that I've read.

Yeah, it's cool that the narrator thinks he's a werewolf, but is really just a recluse pseudo-academic--and then reads a manuscript that describes fake werewolves and outs them as poseurs.

Cool, also, that the preface, by the manuscript's fictional finder and publisher, records the impression that the horrors of the middle ages were non-existent: "A man of the Middle Ages would detest the whole mode of our present day life as something far more th
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Kirstie
Dec 25, 2007 Kirstie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in the complexity of life
I've read a few of Hesse's novels and I keep coming back to Steppenwolf time and time again. It's not as if books like Demian and Beneath the Wheel aren't worthwhile, either. It's just that there is something so grabbing and memorable about Steppenwolf. I was truly changed after I read this and I can't really say that for the majority of the books I've read.

One thing I think Hesse was obsessed with a little is the duality of life-the light and the dark side. Steppenwolf takes you to some dark ca
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Peter McEllhenney
Now that I’ve reached middle age, I thought it was time to revisit that classic of earnest adolescent angst (despite the fact the novel’s hero is nearly 50 years old), Hermann Hesse’ Steppenwolf.

I found the early sections of the book dull, flat, pretentious, and swimming in its own vanity. But the later sections corrected some of these faults, and made the book interesting and worth reading overall.

My main problem with the early parts of Steppenwolf is that the novel is constantly tells us how f
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Glenn Russell
Magic is usually not the subject of literary novels, even less so when magic involves hallucinogens, visions, dreams, and phantasmagoria. Many literary novels are page-turners, filled with a compelling, straightforward storyline and lots of action; think of Our Mutual Friend and Crime and Punishment, think of Heart of Darkness and No Country for Old Men, or novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Hermann Hesse's novel Steppenwolf is a work of a completel ...more
Darwin8u
There is this bourgeoisie period in every man's life. This midpoint between birth and death where man is trapped alone. Unable to exist in hot or cold of the absolutes he tries to find his way between the extremes in the comfortable center. Fearing life and death, he just exists ... barely. This is not a novel for the young. Just like it is better to save King Lear for late in one's life, it is better to save Steppenwolf for those crisis years of the midlife.

Hesse's novels seem to flirt between
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MJ Nicholls
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Tim
So I think if this book captures you in the first few pages it's for you. Otherwise it's a 100 page slog until something, anything happens. There were some vignettes in the last 10 pages that were especially good. I realize that the truths this book espouses are not obvious to some people, but it was not particularly profound for me. It was like spending an evening with an especially irritating hipster as he gradually realizes that life isn't as crap as he thought.
But there is much discussion of
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William
The novel starts well with a preface by the young man of the house where the Steppenwolf (Harry Haller) is lodging, but then bogs down in a long disquisition on Harry's suffering called "The Treatise on the Steppenwolf." I found these pages turgid and thought they might easily be skipped. It's not until Harry enters a dance hall around page 95 that we meet Hermine, who becomes a matriarchal-figure for him; Maria, who becomes his lover; and Pablo, the impresario who leads the band and become's Ha ...more
Caris
My best friend left this book at my house just before he left for the Peace Corps. That was almost two years ago. He'll be coming back from Mali at the end of the summer. I'd been thinking about him a lot, so I decided to read something he's read, to get into his head for a few hours. Before he left, we almost got the cover of this book tattooed on ourselves. Each of us would've gotten half, sort of like one of those friendship pendants little girls used to wear, only with blood and needles.

I do
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Jasmine
4.5 stars. Ich besuchte vor vielen Jahren Hesses Grab in Montagnola, las einen Teil seiner Tessiner Geschichten und ein paar Gedichte – doch bis jetzt habe ich nie einen Roman von ihm gelesen. Und das ist wahrscheinlich gut so. Denn hätte ich Hesses “Der Steppenwolf” in meinen Zwanzigern gelesen, mein Urteil über dieses Buch wäre wohl um einiges schlechter ausgefallen. Die Zeitlosigkeit dieser Erzählung ermöglicht es, mich rund 90 Jahre später als Frau mittleren Alters in die Gefühlswelt des Har ...more
Liam
Sep 02, 2011 Liam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Lynch fans
Recommended to Liam by: "What, like 'Born To Be Wild'"?
This is book with complex qualities. The narrative tricks you into sympathising with feelings that it later tears down as navel-gazing pomposity, and once it's built a feeling of optimism in you it continues to makes you feel deluded for your credulity.

It's a carefully structured story, claiming to be a manuscript left unpublished by an unemployed lodger; the retired, divorced scholar, Henry Haller. It is prefaced by the account of the son of the houseowner, who presents a vague picture of a ma
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Teresa

"Só para alienados"

Não consigo...
Esta é a segunda vez que tento ler um livro de Hermann Hesse, e desisto a menos de metade.
Que me perdoem os apreciadores do autor, mas tenho a sensação de estar a ler um livro de auto ajuda, os quais me aborrecem mortalmente...
Estou um pouco aborrecida comigo mesma, por esta incapacidade de me interessar pelo que Hermann Hesse pretende transmitir, mas, logo, logo me perdoarei...
Quân Khuê
Nhân vật chính gần 50 tuổi, nhưng sách có lẽ phù hợp với những người tầm 20 tuổi hơn. Mình thì qua cái thời dằn vặt đi tìm bản ngã rồi nên thấy đọc hơi boring. Hesse là một ví dụ rõ của loại nhà văn mà Pamuk dán nhãn là "vẫn yêu mến nhưng không còn có ích cho tôi". Pamuk gán cái nhãn ấy cho Camus và vài người nữa. Hesse, đến giai đoạn này, đối với mình là thế.
Leila Ismail
This book really spoke to me - it examines the two sides of human nature - uninhibited primal urges and intellectual human endeavour... Hesse himself was torn between the two (and also examines this in Narziss and Goldmund) - at once loathing himself for succumbing to lust and hedonism, and at the same time deriding himself and others for intellectual snobbery and emotional aloofness. It is a novel about not belonging - feeling alone even whilst in a crowd - which is something we have all experi ...more
Nikki
I don't know if anyone else has this, but when I graduated with my English lit degree I thought, right. I've done it. I have in my hands the key to any text, anywhere, and damn it I will appreciate every text for something about it, whether it be the brilliance of the writing or the social context or just having fun ripping it apart. And then I got onto my MA and discovered I was wrong, of course, that I could still find any given book stultifyingly boring regardless of any merit I tried to find ...more
Carlo
***WARNING*** for those looking for a serious review, please ignore the writings inside the parentheses (and visit us again)


I was told about this book in a course on Existentialism. I recently became more and more interested in that school of thought, especially with its emphasis on personal experience and what I as a human am experiencing in first person (can anybody experience ANYTHING in second person?), as opposed to what I should experience or what I’m experiencing from an ‘objective’ point
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Janet
A very curious book--missed it back in the heyday of Hesse popularity in the early seventies, when we hippie youth were snarfeling up "our" discovery--t the dark horse of the great German writers, Nobel prizewinner from 1946, and author of the mystic Glass Bead Game, Narcissus and Goldmann and the quintessential Life of the Young Buddha for Popular Consumption, Siddhartha. How had I missed Steppenwolf? But it's just as well, because now I have come out of the cloud of that mystical era and its i ...more
Ben
Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony's about to begin...

Center the Steppenwolf in Times Square and watch him writhe, observe his bared teeth peel the flesh from his own body, destroy himself and maybe, if fate embraces him warmly, listen to his laughing.

The philosophical discourse of Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf is like a dark molasses, glacially penetrating your mind. But Hesse's tone and style is melodious, enticing the average reader to continue his plunge into the r
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Aubrey
4.5/5

It's fitting that I read The Razor's Edge right before this one. Both books are concerned with the innate unhappiness many suffer, trapped between thoughts of life and simply living. Steppenwolf focuses on a single person rather than many, and blows up this one man's psyche to an enormous extent, in order to fully illustrate the battle taking place within him.

I have to say, I sympathized enormously with this character, although I think one has to if they hope to like the book. Otherwise yo
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Tieu uyen
Bài này viết dạo mình mới đọc xong Sói đồng hoang, hồi 2006.

“Chỉ có một vấn đề triết lý thực sự nghiêm chỉnh, đó là tự tử. Xét xem đời đáng sống hay không đáng sống, là trả lời cho câu hỏi cơ bản của triết học.” Camus

Hẳn ai cũng nhớ tới nước Mỹ thập niên 60, thập niên đầy biến động. Thập niên của Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd . . .của flower children, thập niên của nha phiến và chất kích thích, thập niên của tự do tình dục, của make love not war, và thập niên 60 còn là thập niên của sách Hermann Hesse
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Gardner
best passage of the book:

Whereupon it occurred to me--so it is with everyone. Just as I dress and go out to visit the professor and exchange a few more or less insincere compliments with him, without really wanting to at all, so it is with the majority of men day by day and hour by hour in their daily lives and affairs. Without really wanting to at all, they pay calls and carry on conversations, sit out their lives at desks and on office chairs; and it is all compulsory, mechanical and against t
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Ara
"The devil is the spirit, and we are his unhappy children. We have fallen out of nature, and hang suspended in space"

This book is a diving weight that pulls you down into a vivid alternate world. After a while spent in its depths, you lose track of time and realize you're out of air. You abruptly close the book, but it's too late. You're overcome. You turn on the TV, but the despair is still there. You walk around the grocery, but still the loneliness sits inside you. You want philosophical dram
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David Corvine
As much a part of the hippie counter-culture as a Che Guevara poster on a bedsit wall. On one level a tale of a life weary, middle-aged man being drawn away from his staid and misanthropic existence into a hullinatory world of drugs and sex and thereby being taught to dance and laugh. Alternatively, it represents Hesse's attempt to give an account of the process of Jungian self-analysis.
Owlseyes

Personality should be integral, some psychoanalysts suggest.



Here we have an old, solitary and independent man ruminating upon his self, or his selves; a part human, and another one wolf-like.


-Is he alienated? Is it a midlife crisis? An existential one? Do those parts cooperate with each other? Or, are they set apart, conflicting?



He just had a normal, gently-killing-time day. This is how the book introduces us to this character. One hot bath, some breathing exercises, some meditation,…old-boo
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Mark
Hermann Hesse is not a story teller in the classical sense. Most authors use subtle (or less subtle) symbols and images laced into and hidden inside the events and personalities of a story. Hesse and his philosophy are much more in your face. His stories seem more like allegories, the events and the personalities are of little consequence when compared with the thoughts and realizations formed by the characters he uses. Siddhartha was the only book by Hesse I had previously read, and what makes ...more
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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.

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