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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,338 ratings  ·  155 reviews
كل ظاهرة على الأرض ليست سوى استعارة، وكل استعارة عبارة عن بوابة مفتوحة يمكن أن تجتازها الروح - إن كانت على استعداد - إلى باطن العالم، حيث يكون أنا وأنت، والليل والنهار، شيئًا واحدًا.وإلى هذه البوابة المفتوحة، يأتي الإنسان أثناء حياته، ويصادفها هنا وهناك في طريقه، وما من إنسان إلا وقد خطر له ذات مرة أن كل ما هو مرئي لا يعدو أن يكون استعارة، ووراء هذه الاستعارة تحيا الروح، و ...more
Paperback, روايات جائزة نوبل #10, 153 pages
Published 1997 by الدار المصرية اللبنانية (first published 1919)
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Jan-Maat
Having reread not to long ago Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game I find it inescapable that I was far more powerfully moved by this collection of short stories. For me the short stories are just more condensed in Hesse's case, a kind of refined essence, the health giving brandy in comparison to the wine of the novels(view spoiler) ...more
blakeR
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It says something about the power of Hesse's writing that more than one of these stories moved me despite my not being at all in the mood for anything even minimally impactful. Certain traits of his writing -- the earnestness, the melancholy, the perpetual search for the sublime -- never cease to awe me, no matter how reluctant I am to be impressed. He's a fiction writer who, should you give yourself over to him, will get you closer to the secrets of existence than any other storyteller. And as ...more
Husayn
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"IRIS"-read this when next you feel old and uncertain of who you are
Bojana
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Some stories I like,
others not so much,
but it's worth reading,
after all.
Jason
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hermann Hesse has been my favorite author since high school, but this is the first opportunity I've had to read "Strange News from Another Star" -- which is essentially a collection of modern fairy tales. They are amazingly lyrical, timeless, magical, and spiritual -- a testament to Hesse's skill as a humanistic philosopher and gifted writer (as well as a gift from an outstanding translator!).
Jude
I had not read Hesse for many years but came across this short collection on a bookshelf in my house. Reading it has reminded me of the impact Hesse had on me as a teenager. This translation seems to give credit to Hesse's extraordinarily beautiful style of writing (although I will try reading the original German if I can). Beautiful, evocative and moving - I liked these stories very much indeed, especially the first story, Augustus.
Peter Mcloughlin
I have read other Hesse works like Siddhartha and the Glass Bead Game. I like him a lot. He always has the sweetness of the world in his writing but the longing for something beyond it and is good at expressing this longing well. These short stories almost fables express this love of the world and longings for something beyond it.
Laura Leilani
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, philosophy
Beautifully written. Stories were so peaceful somehow, beautiful. The stories were like fairy tales in a way, and many seemed to symbolize things but I’m not sure what. A world without war; a county fair where a man gives away wishes; and a love story where the man may not actually be in love. The stories are open ended in some cases.
Artemis
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Flute Dream" and "A Dream Sequence" were the best stories in this collection.
Irene
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Siddharta and loved it. In this book, he is so different and so not easy to understand. This book feels like loving something that is very difficult to understand, but when it seems that you maybe finally understand, you love it even more.

“Augustus” reveals me how it is better to love than to be loved. Previously, every time I hear the saying “It is better to love that to be loved”, I didn’t give it much thought and considered it as one of the abstract air-sayings. But then, I could feel
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Adam
My second time through this book was a bit disenchanting; it shimmered and was only wonderful in my memory. Two years later, I came to it looking to remind myself of how good Hesse' short fiction could be. My friend Alex had just gifted me Stories of Five Decades, and dipping into that I found myself agreeing with Hesse's own negative opinions of those stories. I hadn't realized he could write so poorly, or at least with such little interest.

Strange News includes several very worth reading stor
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Erik Graff
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hesse fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
It is difficult to give an overall rating to a collection since the pieces may vary so much in quality and effect. "Iris", however, is one of my favorite Hesse short stories.
Greg Bem
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt my insides as my soul, sculpted by the scarves of experience in a wintry world turned warm.
Betty
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Hard Climb" is one of my favorite stories. This is a book of fables that integrates Eastern and Western philosophies, and the truths we are all struggling to comprehend.
Julia
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I have always found Hermann Hesse to be both inspiring and elusive. My favorite work of his is SIDDHARTHA, which I used to teach in high school. Now that I need to read large print, I was delighted to find this collection of fairy tales--I'd never heard of STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR. Here is the Amazon blurb:

"In 1919, the same year DEMIAN was published, seven of these stories appeared as a book entitled Märchen--literally, Fairy Tales
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Steve Gordon
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"All children feel this, although not all with the same intensity and delicacy, and with many the feeling is gone and as though it had never existed even before they have learned to read their first letters. Others retain the mystery of childhood for a long time and a vestige and echo of it stays with them into the days of white hair and weariness. All children, as long as they remain within this mystery, are uninterruptedly occupied in their souls with the single important thing, with themselve ...more
Iris Bratton
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving short story collection about living and the after life.

Wow this collection was amazing! Even though it was much shorter than Pictor's Metamorphoses, I found these stories to be much more impacting. What I love about Hesse's writing is that many stories play out like a fairytale with a moral or lesson told at the end. But he interweaves small details which kept me enraptured and clinging to every story.

My Favorite Stories: Flute Dream and Iris (not to be biased)
My Least Favorite Storie
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Tony
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but ...

I liked reading this short fable, as I enjoy all of German Hesse 's stories. But this one I felt was unsatisfying, as if the moral was lost in the dream world of the young boy. Perhaps it is deeper than it appears, as an alternative to war. Maybe the simplicity of the story was itself the moral, to live simply is to love deeply.
Gyula Papp
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Each phenomenon on earth is an allegory, and each allegory is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can pass into the interior of the world where you and I and day and night are all one."
Ariadne Deborah Fassel
The writing is excellent and the stories have deep meaning, but I just couldn't get myself to read it with enjoyment.
Justin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as deep/philosophical as his other works
Ivan Monckton
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eight wonderful short stories.
A. Garnett
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High quality shorts
Damon Wright
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was a re-read. I enjoyed all the stories, I particularly liked Iris.
Yan
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
"Good heart-comforting darkness, warm cradle of the soul and lost homeland"
Rachel
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this one hard to rate, as I really liked some of the stories (Augustus, the Flute) but others I couldn’t finish (dream sequence).
Ali Chakir
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of short stories. Lyrical and beautiful
'Iris' is my favourite
David
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, it was awesome!
I thought. I like this kind of stuff.
What kind of stuff? You might be asking, if you`re reading, which you are.
I donno... this kind of sappy word laden slop. He seems to me hyper-descriptive and very emotive. Its like every step of emotion the characters experience is the heaviest they`ve ever experienced and he writes it as so. Just, characters building themselves with weighted moments in the shortest stories over short paragraphs.
It's a quick read but its very heavy. The t
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Avery Stempel
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hesse will always find a special place in my heart. This series of short stories is well worth the read... I almost skipped the last one as the book is due back tomorrow... So glad I read it. Just a few of the memorable s ntences: "Each phenomenon on earth is an allegory, and each allegory is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can pass into the interior of the world where you and I and day and night are all one." "... Most people, however, forget and abandon, early and for good ...more
Brandy
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any Hesse since my boarderline obsession with him in high school. This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least 10 years, unread, waiting. His writing is exactly as I remember it, poetic and drenched in natural imagery. Reading Hesse is no less than having a love affair with the wilderness.

I'm just not there anymore. I've grown up and now I want more from my literature than fairy tales. This is a lovely collection of short stories and I'm glad I finished off my year having
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize for 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 c
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“And while he compared all these things which he was seeing with his eyes to the mental pictures he had painted of them in his homesickness, it became clear to him that he was, after all, destined to be a poet, and he saw that in poets' dreams reside a beauty and enchantment that one seeks in vain in the things of the real world.” 2 likes
“كانت قبلتها من العذوبة والحنان بحيث حزنت من فرط السعادة” 1 likes
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