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Narcissus and Goldmund: A Novel

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Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher’s fierce intellect and sense of discipline. When ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1930)
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Erik Graff
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Rachel Nelson
Shelves: literature
At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out. I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.

Contrary to the description in Wikipedia, I read the novel from the perspective of Goldmund being lost and then found. Seduced by the snares of the world, he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error, ultimately, as an old m
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-classici
The Artist and the Smartist
The Winker and the Thinker
“We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do.”

This philosophical novel provides perhaps the most viv
Can I just say that I absolutely love Hermann Hesse. For me his words speak directly to my soul. I have never exclusively followed an author except Hesse. He is absolutely brilliant and his works are so nuanced to the point where they only mean anything to the reader unless they can relate in some profound way. I have now finished all of his major works and I must say "bravo".

All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul. He speaks my language. My next goal is to learn Ge
بثينة العيسى
رواية ستنضج في رأسك مئات الأسئلة..
This is not a review. This is an expression of gratitude.

Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets when eyes see, mind is set in motion, and images are processed into thoughts that seed the way we look at everything. We SEE everything in a new light, at least for as long as we remember what is important, what makes a difference. The beginning of our true life. I suppose all we can ask of our mind is for a few moments of enlightenment at a time. And, to remember. Too much would
Lorenzo Berardi
When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way: I often had the prohibition of reading for a week.
Of course I wasn't so nerd at that time and together with reading there could be no tv, no bmx rides with friends, no late night awake and all sorts of "normal" don'ts.
But the worst one was definitely the "no reading week".

Later in my teenage years, I remember how my mum was very glad about my reading activity, but not particularly interested in influencing that
Marco Tamborrino
"Noi pensatori cerchiamo di avvicinarci a Dio staccando il mondo da lui. Tu ti avvicini a lui amando e ricreando la sua creazione. Sono entrambe opere umane e inadeguate, ma l'arte è più innocente."

Questo non è un libro che andrebbe letto a diciannove anni. Diciannove sono già troppi. Andrebbe letto prima, a quattordici o a quindici, quando il mondo lo si vede ancora in modo diverso. Io, da ragazzo, ci leggo qualcosa di diverso rispetto a quello che avrei potuto leggerci da ragazzino. O rispet
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philosophical? Definitely. Novel Entertainment? oh yes. What the author meant by this writing? Well, like any true art- that depends on the audience. I can go into all the philosophical existential yakkity yak that a lot of other people might get from Narcissus and Goldmund, but instead I'm gonna give you the nuts and bolts (ie pared down yakkity yak) of what I saw in it.

Goldmund is a born artist with a innate bent toward the agony and bliss of wanting to eat life- not just watch it parade on by
Nadi Ghaffari
بسیار عالی بود.به شدت با تمایلات و یلگی و رهایی گلدموند هم ذات پنداری میکردم.عاشق فهم والای نارتسیس شدم و به قول مختاری درک حضور دیگری.با تشکر بسیار ویژه از امانت دهنده یِ جان: آهنگ!
Patrick Gibson
If you have a penchant for poetic language, a love for new experiences, and a sensitivity to life's struggles, you will find hope and deep beauty in this story. I recommend finding a place of solitude and spiritual transcendence before delving into this as you will inevitably flip back to the beginning once finished and have to read it again.

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor
Maria Roxana
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Fără mamă nu se poate iubi. Fără mamă nu se poate muri.”
أحمد العلي
هذا تقديمي للكتاب
مسطرة واحدة للعُمر
لم أعرف في طفولتي أيًّا من الأبطال الذين اعتادوا من هم في سنّي على تقمّصهم. كنت أنفر من "غرندايزر" و"الرجل الحديدي" و"سوبرمان". لم أحب عالم المصارعين يومًا، ولم تأخذني شخصيّات "مجلة ماجد" إلى أبعد من النوم. كانت قسماتي لطيفة، تشبه طفلي ذو الأربعة أشهر الذي يصرخ أمامي الآن: رأسٌ دائري، وذقنٌ كأنه كُرة عجينٍ صغيرة وُضعت بخفّةٍ أسفل الفم، الفم الرقيق المحشور بين وجنتين معتدلتي الانتفاخ. أنفٌ مرسومٌ بقلم رصاص تكادُ أن تُمحى خطوطه، عينان كثيرتان (كأن اتساعهما
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O poveste emoţionantă despre prietenie, despre căutarea vocaţiei şi desluşirea sensului vieţii prin înţelegerea armoniei contrastelor.
Cu un limbaj de o delicateţe şi de o graţie desăvârşite, romanul devine fermecător încă de la primele pagini şi te vrăjeşte până la sfârşit prin naturaleţea şi cursivitatea lingvistică.
Spirit ludic şi rebel, tânărul novice Gură-de-Aur părăseşte mănăstirea în care a fost adus de tatăl sau, după ce tânărul sau mentor, prieten şi dascăl Narcis îi relevă, cu multă del
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goldmund could not fit into the Mariabronn Monastery anymore than a square peg could fit into a round hole and soon left the cloister for the vagrant life. By sleeping in the woods, killing Viktor the thief, meeting the plague, studying under Meister Niklaus and romancing with Lydia and Julie, Lene and Agnes, he explored the sensual life as an artist. When Agnes rejected the old man that he was, he returned to the monastery to meet his friend and mentor Narziss before leaving the world.

Calw, Ge
Branko Jovanovski
The book is spectacular and extremely thought provoking. Out of all, probably the following paragraph left the adequate impression.

“All existence seemed to be based on duality, on contrast. Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or a sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person – no one could breathe in at the same time as he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind. One always had to pay for
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب رو به لاکپشت وارترین شکل ممکن خوندم چون اصلا دلم نمی خواست تموم بشه ، اما افسوس که هر شروعی بالاخره پایانی هم به همراه داره

کتاب "نارتسیس و گلدموند" شاهکار دیگری هست از "هسه" که مانند بسیاری از آثار او، ساختاری دو قطبی دارد... یکی قطب مادرانه و مادینه که به جنبه های فلسفی از قبیل عشق ،هنر و لذت می پردازد و دیگری قطب پدرانه یا نرینه که جنبه های تفکر و منطق را در بر می گیرد
این نویسنده ی خوش ذوق و هنرمند این بار معجونی گوارا پدید آورده که در آن از تمامی عناصر شخصیت پردازی، توصیفات و تشبیها
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Η λογοτεχνική απόδοση του νιτσεϊκού δίπολου, της τραγικής ανθρώπινης φύσης που ισορροπεί ανάμεσα στο Απολλώνιο (σύμφωνα με το οποίο το άτομο ενεργεί με βάση του τον ορθολογισμό) και το Διονυσιακό (σύμφωνα με το οποίο η δράση του ατόμου βασίζεται στα συναισθήματα και τα ένστικτα) πρότυπο.
Ana Carvalheira
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hermann Hess, com a mais absoluta mestria e destreza narrativa, aborda neste extraordinário romance, o tema da amizade, do amor, da redenção, dos paradoxos existencialistas mas, fundamentalmente, do encontro de duas almas gémeas na sua essência mas profundamente antagónicas na perceção conceptual da existência humana.

Narciso é um jovem monge que ensina grego no convento de Mariabronn, famoso instituto monástico medieval, onde eram formados os filhos das famílias mais ou menos poderosas, para qu
Ivana Books Are Magic
This beautifully written philosophical novel, that like most of Hesse’s work explores the theme of individual search for self-realization, was a genuine pleasure to read as well as to reflect on later on. It is one of those books that stays with you. I read it ages ago, but I can remember it without making any mental effort whatsoever. It stayed in my heart and in my mind. The language used is fairly simple, but beautiful nevertheless and powerful in the messages it delivers. The story is quite ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية جميلة و عميقة أخرى من روائع هرمان هسه...
نرسيس أستاذ غولدموند و صديقه في الدير... نرسيس ينفذ لأعماق الروح و رأى أن تلميذه غولدموند ذا روح شاعر حرة و لا ينبغي أن يعيش حياة الرهبان مثله... و هكذا يحثه لينطلق و يبحث عن طريقه عبر الحياة، فينطلق و يعيش حياة متشرد فاسق منغمس بالمتع الدنيوية... بينما يتابع نرسيس في طريق الفكر المجرد و حياة الدير الصارمة...
ثم بعد سنوات طوال يلتقيان... على اختلاف طريقيهما و على اختلاف كل منهما ما يمثله يخلصان لنفس النتيجة تقريبا...
مع أن هسه رجح كفة غولدموند في النه
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this book is interesting as an example of the dichotomization of body/mind, angel/whore, ascete/wayfarer. Put the dicktalk aside (which is no small task here) and you still have an enormous vine from which to swing back and forth from pole to pole. At best woman is subject here, at worst she so thoroughly blends into the background she's invisible. More than bleak considering this is a meditation on the roles of the artist and thinker (and never the twain shall meet mind you) in a modern ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
با عنوان: «نارتسیس و گلدموند»، ترجمه: سروش حبیبی، انتشارات چشمه، و با عنوان: «نرگس و زرين دهان»، ترجمه: فرزانه معزی، انتشارات سخن گستر
ترجمه سروش حبیبی را خواندم، شاهکار هرمان هسه
Shaimaa Ali
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
قراءة ثانية - بالعربية هذه المرة - منذ عشر سنوات اقترح عليّ صديق أن أقرأ لهيرمان هسة وكانت هذه الرواية وكل رواياته التى أستطعت أن أعثر عليها ولم أندم قط ..
بداخل كل منا نرسيس وجولدموند .. بداخلنا نزعة حب الحياة والجنون أحياناً .. وبداخلنا أيضاً الورع والتقوى .. فهل ترجح كفة على الأخرى؟ وهل نمط حياة واحد كافٍ لتعرف طريقك في هذه الدنيا .. لتعرف طريقك إلى الله؟

كانت هذه -وأسئلة أخرى- محور هذه الرواية
David Sarkies
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosopher
Recommended to David by: My Book Club
Shelves: modernist
Intellect and Passion
17 July 2015

This is the first Hesse book that I have read and I must thank my book club for selecting it for the June book. I have to say that I wasn't really sure what to expect – the only other German author that I had read that happened to be a contemporary of Hesse was Gunter Grass and his play The Plebians Reherse the Uprising was much more political in scope. However, with books like Sidhartha sitting on my shelf, I probably shouldn't be to surprised that Hesse tends
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"... kendi yeri burası değildi, yurtsuz,vatansız biriydi o, bilip tanımadığı bir dünya dışarda kendisini bekliyordu.
Peki sen bir gün nasıl öleceksin Narziss, bir annen yok çünkü? Annesiz insan nasıl sevebilir, annesiz nasıl ölebilir?
diyor Goldmund.

Bence demek istiyor ki ; Hey dostum Sen günahsızsın, çünkü bir meleksin !
Ben günahkarım, çünkü bir anneden doğmuş insanım. İnsan günahlardan geçerek insan olur. İnsan hata demektir. İnsan doğruyu, yaşayarak öğrenir ve herkesin doğrusu kendi keşfidir.

Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I see this book as a meditation on the beauty and the power of Art. Any flaws that appear in the narrative therefore I find to be irrelevant. I think that I don't even experience Narcissus and Goldmund as a novel. It's more philosophical in nature, more a novel of ideas, more like reading a religious text than anything else, and that is the beauty of it... or at least that is what I have found in it.

I loved the contrast between the two main characters, Narcissus and Goldmund and the true friend
Ana  Vlădescu
Shamefully, I only started reading this because I had a competition that took it as a subject. I was told I had to read this in order to compete. It was already on my reading list, I already loved Hesse, so I knew I was in for a treat.

Surprise surprise, the competition had no connection to the book whatsoever. The text in there was by Miller and in no way related to this.

Nonetheless, let's get back to the review.

It's one of my favorite books of 2013. About that - I will post a list of them an
Viv JM
Narcissus and Goldmund is my third pick for German Literature Month, hosted by Lizzie and Caroline .

I first read “Narziss and Goldmund”, as my Penguin Classics paperback was called, 25 years ago at the ripe old age of 15. At the time, I thought it was the most profound and wonderful book I had ever read. I have been meaning to re-visit it for some time, so when I saw that there was an audiobook version available (narrated by the sublime Simon Vance, no less!) I decided that now was the time. I a

Can't quote accurately as I have only the audio version:

He realised he had no taste for learning, the scholarly, he was only interested in the liturgy
Lip service/rote leading to mental consumerism rather than intellectual engagement.


You will never be a scholar and your thoughts are childish; you repress memories
Puffed ego/elitism/precociousness/cruelty of study over humanity.

A psychological moment for both parties.

Given the title, it would be easy to think that the parable should be an eve
Maryam Shahriari
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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نارتسیس و گلدموند
کتابی که اینقدر از خوندنش لذت بردم که واقعاً نمی دونم چطوری باید توضیحش بدم. شاید کتابی باشه که بد نباشه هرکسی بخوندش. شاید با خوندنش راه زندگی خیلی ها تغییر کنه. شاید با خیلی از شک و تردید های خودشون کنار بیان و بتونن جسارت تغییر و مواجه شدن با اون رو در خودشون ایجاد کنند...
نارتسیس و گلدموند کتابی بود که برای من همین نقش رو ایفا کرد. یه روزگاری با خوندن ماهی سیاه کوچولو و بعدتر انجمن شاعران مرده خط سرنوشتم تغییر کرد و جدی تر شد، و الان هم این کتاب باعث شد گلدموند درونم بیدار ب
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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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