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My Belief

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My Belief: Essays on Life and Art is a collection of essays by Hermann Hesse. The essays, written between 1904 and 1961, were originally published in German, either individually or in various collections between 1951 and 1973. This collection in English was first published in 1976, edited by Theodore Ziolkowski.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 1976 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1957)
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anthony e.
While I thoroughly enjoy Hermann Hesse's writings (those that I've imbibed so far), this work gives me little to be excited about. There are a few moments in a couple of the essays (the one on the soul is particularly good), most of them border on a kind of self-indulgence that isn't especially attractive. In addition, many of the references are too esoteric for the casual reader, making some essays nearly in accessible.

Perhaps in a few years I could come back to this, and find more to engage my
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Oct 27, 2015 Rotto rated it it was amazing
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Derrick
Dec 30, 2008 Derrick rated it really liked it
If you like Hesse, you'll love this collection of essays.
James
There are those writers who spin tales and tell imaginary stories and there are those who document their lives. These essays fall into the latter category within the oeuvre of Hermann Hesse. Each is a delight whether of personal detail, literary criticism, philosophy, or meditation on the meaning of life. Hesse had to write and most often he had to write about himself. There is little that he wrote that is not confessional in aspect and therapeutic in function. These essays provide milestones an ...more
Lachlan
Mar 06, 2012 Lachlan rated it really liked it
I've spent the last six weeks slowly reading through Herman Hesse's My Belief; a collection of essays, reviews and letters from the author of Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund. I had high expectations for this book having been a huge fan of most of Hesse's work, and I was not disappointed.

Hesse's thought gravitates towards the universal and the spiritual. Each letter and essay delves into some of the deepest realms of human thought - the quest self-knowledge, psychology, mystici
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Jean Bosh
Oct 29, 2014 Jean Bosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I find Hesse's novels to be a bit simplistically didactic (though largely enjoyable), I found these essays to be delightfully interesting and often poignant. It is as though free from the constraints of telling a story and free from feeling as though he needed to bend that story toward a particular moral, Hesse could relax and more openly discuss the difficulties and joys of life and writing/art. If only his novels had a bit more of this freedom in them!

Book lovers/collectors will especial
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San
Jul 13, 2016 San rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Veoma cijenim svetost, ali nisam svetac, od sasvim sam druge vrste, i znanje koje imam o tome otajstvu nije mi objavljeno, već sam ga naučio i prikupio, kod mene je ono prošlo put učenja, mišljenja i traženja, a taj put nije ni najbožanskiji ni najneposredniji, ali i to je put. Jednom kod Buddhe, drugi put u Bibliji, jedanput kod Lao-Cea ili Chuang-Cea, drugi put kod Goethea i inih pjesnika osjetih dodir te tajne i s vremenom zamijetih da je to uvijek bila ona ista tajna, da je uvijek dolazila ...more
Carlos Burga
I found this book incredibly eye opening because although almost all of Hesse’s prose is extremely autobiographic, to the point of making the reader feel as though on knows Hesse personally, his non-fiction writing is very different and presents a side of Hesse that is not normally seen, that of an intellectual. As a result, while several of the essays were fascinating, some others were unfortunately a tad bit on the dull side.
Nathalie Legro
Sep 27, 2015 Nathalie Legro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro permite entender de manera profunda y sincera las reflexiones tanto espirituales como políticas y literatas de Hesse. Lo que me gustó de estos ensayos es la capacidad que tienen para que uno como lector se cuestione.
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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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