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"Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend" beschreibt den mühevollen Weg zu sich selbst. Dazu gehört die Suche nach einem geistigen Führer, die Macht der Träume und des Unterbewussten. Die Erzählung ist ein Appel an die Selbstfindung des Menschen (nicht nur in der Pubertät). Sie ist Forderung nach individuellen Rechten und gerade vor dem Hintergrund der Uniformität ...more
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Published March 19th 2007 by Suhrkamp Verlag (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
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
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Alexxy
Sep 04, 2016 Alexxy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm going to read this book, so maybe I can understand what the hell is going on with BTS's new teasers.



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Rowena
Mar 21, 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Demian: Die Geschichte einer Jugend, Hermann Hesse
عنوان: دمیان : سرگذشت جوانی امیل سینکلر؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: خسرو رضایی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، 1346؛ در 263 ص؛ زیر نظر: احسان یارشاطر؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، جامی، علمی فرهنگی، 1386؛ در 200 ص؛ شابک: 9645620457؛ چاپ سوم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی - قرن 20 م
عنوان: دمیان؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: لیلی بوربور؛ تهران، فرس، 1363؛ در 239 ص؛
عنوان: دمیان؛ اثر: هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: محمد بقایی (ماکان)؛ تهران، انتشارات تهران، 1371؛ در 258 ص؛ شابک: ایکس
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karen
Jul 28, 2009 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Ahmed Oraby
Jan 20, 2017 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
إننا لا نصل أبدًا، لكن طرقنا تتقاطع
E7san
Sep 07, 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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Afshar
Sep 30, 2014 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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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.
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
Stela
Mar 11, 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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Alice
Sep 13, 2016 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The things I do for BTS...

Joking, this was one of the few books that really had an impact on my way of thinking. It talked about religion, belief and growth in a very profound way, as if Hesse wasn't really writing but more conversing directly with my mind.

Sinclair and Demian, though being very peculiar and surreal characters, were one the mirror of the other, surrounded by a plot heavy with symbolism and magical elements.

The idea of the two worlds, one so close to the other that you could esily
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Chris_P
Who is Max Demian? Is he deranged? Is he a God? An apostle? Maybe he is the rushing spirit that arrives in a person's life around puberty, swiping away the fears and doubts of childhood and helping the person in question to grow and progress. Or simply misguiding them towards doubtful paths.

Had I read it ten years ago, I would have connected with Demian. Something that didn't happen now. It's one of those books that I would seek to hold on to back then, while now, detached as I was, I found it i
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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
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Fabian
Jan 21, 2013 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something infuriating at the center of Hesse's "Demian"... & I bet the root of it is the repression of homosexuality. "Demian" is, in its simplest form, THE coming out story. All the imagery and the Biblical allegories all point toward the protagonist's big secret: he's is irresistibly gay. He is in hell trying to get to the point (the climax at the end is over-powerfully dull)--the reader must withstand true bicurious leanings and vanilla homoeroticism. The whole God-should-personi ...more
Ellie
Δεν ξέρω, μάλλον θα το αδικήσω. Δεν ξερω αν μου άρεσε. Ούτε αν δε μου άρεσε.
Μπορώ να καταλάβω γιατι ήταν ύμνος των εφήβων και μεταεφήβων απο τοτε που κυκλοφόρησε, αλλά νομίζω οτι όλο αυτό το φροϋδικογιουνγκικό έχει πάψει να με συγκινει, παρόλο που με τον πυρήνα του έργου ταυτιζομαι απόλυτα.
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Εξακολουθω να πιστευω πως ειναι βιβλίο ό,τι πρέπει για τους -λιγο πριν λίγο μετά τα 20- και θα το δωρισω ευαχαριστα.
Dee
Oct 29, 2012 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”...
Foad
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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Bita
Aug 15, 2016 Bita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"من فقط ميخواستم به آنچه درون من است جان ببخشم. اين كار چرا اين همه سخت بود!"
جدا از حال و هواى عرفانى داستان كه ارتباط برقرار كردن با كتاب را براى من سخت ميكرد، ريز شدن در درونيات اميل و زير ذره بين گذاشتن احوالات او بخصوص در دوره ى كودكى و نوجوانيش خيلى لذتبخش بود. اين پاراگراف را ببينيد...
"خوشبختانه پدرم به محض ورود متوجه كفشهاى خيس و گلى من شد و از توجه به آنچه بدتر از آنها بود غافل ماند و من مى بايست به ناچار تلخى پشيمانى گناه ديگرم را كه عبارت از پنهان داشتن گناه اولم بود، بچشم. همين وقت ب
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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
Lolita Bni Hasan
Dec 13, 2014 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 :)
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؟

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)
Chris
Apr 30, 2012 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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zahra
May 05, 2017 zahra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دميان ل هيرمان هيسه . ترجمة ممدوح عدوان ، 143 صفحة . هذه الرواية صعبة ، لغتها شعرية ، حواراتها قليلة ، نادرة في أحداثها . على الرغم من قلة صفحاتها ، إلا أنها تقرأ ببطء شديد جدا ً ، لأنها تحتاج لوقفات لقراءة ماخلف سطورها، و أيضاً عميقة تتوغل في النفس البشرية ببراعة.و تناول هيسه ثلاث جوانب : (فلسفي، نفسي، صوفي) في مراحل عمرية مختلفة لسنكلير و دميان. أحببت كثيراً من اقتباساتها .
Amar
Oct 08, 2013 Amar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Demijan...priča o Emilu Sinkleru ,koji živi običan život dječaka,sve dok ne upoznaje Demijana , koji ga na jedinstven način vodi i koji mu daje nove poglede na svijet oko njega.
O knjizi se može mnogo filozofirati , raspravljati i pisati , ali ja to neću radit,jer mislim da bi ličilo na referat koji bi morao izlagat pred nastavnicom.
Samo ću reći da je jako lijepa knjiga , mnogo mi se svidjela , užasno zanimjiv lik Demijana , zanimljiv razvoj Emila, mnogo lijepih citata i kraj koji je pomalo... ha
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Roula
Oct 10, 2016 Roula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟ...
Ενα βιβλιο που ηδη ξερω οτι θα ξαναδιαβασω..πραγματικο αριστουργημα.το μονο που ευχομαι ειναι να το ειχα διαβασει εκεινη την εποχη που ακομη διαμορφωνα χαρακτηρα και πιστευω(δυστυχως δεν ημουν απο τα cool τυπακια που διαβαζαν Hesse στα εφηβικα-φοιτητικα χρονια).θα το ειχα απολαυσει ακομη περισσοτερο, but still...
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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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