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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  32,207 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
Emil Sinclair is a young boy who was raised in a bourgeois home described as a Scheinwelt - a German wordplay meaning 'world of light' as well as 'world of illusion'. This is the dramatic story of his 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.
Paperback, 114 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by BN Publishing (first published June 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
Jenn(ifer)

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
karen
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
E7san

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،...more
Brooke
Oct 02, 2007 Brooke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Maggie
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
Paul Gleason
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...more
Ahmed Azimov
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...more
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
.....more
Dee
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”...
sologdin
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...more
Roxy S.
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
Mashael Alamri
- يقول هرمان هسه :
لمْ أكن أريدُ إلا أن أعيش وفــقَ الدوافع التي تَـنبٌع منْ نفسي الحقيقية , فلم كان ذلك بهذه الصعوبة ؟؟؟؟
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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
Tariq Alferis

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" الطّائر يكافح للخروج من البيضة، البيضة هي العالم، والّذي يريد أن يُولد عليه أولاً أن يدمّر عالمًا ... الطّائر يطير إلى الله "..


الي أين يريد أن يصل هرمان هسه بهذه الرواية ..؟

دميان هو الشيطان ..الوسواس يدعو الناس لشك و لسؤال دائما ...يبحث عن أابناء أكثر العائلات ايمانا ليخرج منها شيطان صغير يكفر بعقيدة اهله ...والعكس صحيح تعمل الملائكة علي دحض الشك من قلوب ابناء العائلات التي لاعلاقة لها بالدين وتدخل المحبة والخرافة في قلوبهم والخ .

يتسأل دميان لماذا يتعاطف الناس مع هابيل ضد قابيل ..مع انه قابيل...more
Irene Lê
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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...more
Rana Heshmati
Jun 22, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: خانم نظری
نثرش با بيشتر چيزهايى كه قبلا خونده بودم فرق داشت. و كلى كلمه هاىِ سخت! كه مجبور بودم هى توى فرهنگ هاى لغت رو نگاه كنم!!!
ولى دركش ميكردم، و كلا يك طورِ خيلى خاص بود. شايد نبايد ٥ بدم، ولى بنظرم ٤ خيلى كمه براش ! :دى

+ ما هميشه شخصيت خودمان را خيى زياد محدود و پايبند مى كنيم. ما فقط آن چيزى را شخصيتِ خود مى دانيم كه در مقام يك فرد آن را به گونه اى ديگر مى آزماييم، يا مى پذيريم كه تفاوت دارند. با وجود اين ما، يكايك ما، پاره اى از هستى كل دنيا هستيم و چون پيكر ما مراحلى از تكامل ما را از ماهى و حتى...more
Chris
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...more
Henna
اجتماع پديده زيبايي است، اما آنچه ما همه جا مي بينيم كه رو به توسعه مي رود، اجتماع حقيقي نيست. اجتماع جديدي از نزديكي بعضي افراد به وجود خواهد آمد و دنيا را دوباره خواهد آفريد. آنچه را كه ما اجتماع مي ناميم يك اجتماع گله وار بيش نيست. مردم به يكديگر پناه مي برند، زيرا از يكديگر ترس دارند. هركس براي خود. و چرا مي ترسند؟ زيرا هنوز به اتحاد دروني خود تحقق نداده اند، زيرا هنوز موفق به شناسايي خود نشده اند. آنها دور هم جمع مي شوند، زيرا از ناشناسي كه در خودشان است مي ترسند. مي دانند كه اصولشان پوچ اس...more
Cymru Roberts
Certain works of art, no matter what form, grip you before you even know it. A painting that rings inside you from across the room, a song you know you'll love forever after only hearing the initial guitar pluck. The books you treasure from the very first sentence.

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
Rami Shouk
أكثر من رائعة! ..
لـ هيسّه قدرة مدهشة على الغوص في عمق المشاعر والأفكار وزوايا النفس الإنسانية, وصل بي لأماكن لم أكن أعرف بإمكانية الوصول إليها.

كانت دميان أول رواية أقرأها لـ هيسّه ولكنها بالتأكيد لن تكون الأخيرة.

من أكثر المقاطع التي أحببتها في الرواية:


- أحسست بشيء من القرف من جهله, فتوبيخه لي على حذائي الموحل كان أمراً يدعو للرثاء. "آه لو كنت تعرف" . عبرت الفكرة في ذهني مثل مجرم يستجوب من أجل رغيف مسروق بينما هو قد ارتكب جريمة قتل.

- حياة كل إنسان عبارة عن طريق نحو نفسه, ولم يسبق لإنسان أن كان
...more
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؟

Salma
One of my favorite books...
An enigmatic teacher advised to me... and it was the start of profound friendship...
I love this book
Stephanie Flood
For a while, I was stumped at how to write a review for this book. I thought about not saying anything at all. Silence might be better after reading something so personally meaningful to me, but since I'm a writer, maybe it'd be worth a try, to review what I read. What are the words to describe all that I felt when I read this book? After that question, I felt ready.

It seemed all of my human quandaries have been mentioned, sympathized with and exposed in "Demian," a book that's been alive for ce...more
Teji
Like most of Hesse's books, Demian is hard to desribe in one or two sentences. I just found it--unsatisfactory. It is overwrought, which makes it a little tedious to read. Although, it does, in my opinion, have a few thought provoking moments and some wonderful use of language.

Favorite Quotes:
“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
Sophia
I appreciate Demian for its insight, for the beautiful way in which it's written, for the forward thinking of its time, and for its resemblance to Hesse's life.

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
Andreea
I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by the book. Hesse is one of my favorite writers and I've read most of his novels and a book of shorts-stories, but Demian is not match to the later novels. I did enjoy the novel, I don't think you can not enjoy Hesse's writing style, but the story just felt wrong.

It's a very personal opinion, but I don't think Hesse wrote the book to have anything to do with discovering the self, but rather with pain. It was during WWI, and his family was going through...more
Jeremy
Emil Sinclair is a bit of a drama queen at times, but Hesse writes with so much earnestness and understanding for the torments of youth that I didn't mind it's campier moments. The weird, possibly Freudian sexual vibe between Sinclair, Demien and Demian's mom was certainly an eyebrow raiser, as were the odd, hallucinatory moments which feel very german in some weird, Wagnerian way I don't think I can really articulate. Almost every page seemed to have at least one or two brilliant observations a...more
Shivering William
A tale of the young practicing magician.

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
oriana
When I was maybe sixteen, I considered this one of the books that changed my life. But when I went back to it year or so ago, I found it very dry and halting, and hard to get into. So sad! This is maybe why you should never reread those super-important formative books. Or maybe why you absolutely have to? Sheesh, I don't know.
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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...more
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