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Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend by Hermann Hesse
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Jan 18, 2012

bookshelves: german-literature

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 about how confusing and dark and really genuinely complicated growing up can be, especially for a sheltered, intellectual kid. Hesse's writing has a clear-eyed freshness to it that I for one find extremely appealing, even if it occasionally falls into melodrama.
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