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Narcissus and Goldmund

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Narcissus and Goldmund tells the story of two medieval men whose characters are diametrically opposite: Narcissus, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and Goldmund, a romantic youth hungry for knowledge and worldly experience. First published in 1930, the novel remains a moving and pointed exploration of the conflict between the life of the spirit and the lif ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1997 by The Noonday Press / Farrar, Straus Giroux (first published 1930)
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Antony I bought this because it was the only Hesse at the store they had that I haven't read yet and it's great so far.

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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Narziß und Goldmund = Death and the Lover = Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse
Narcissus and Goldmund (German: Narziß und Goldmund; also published as Death and the Lover) is a novel written by the German–Swiss author Hermann Hesse which was first published in 1930. At its publication, Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse's literary triumph; chronologically, it follows Steppenwolf. Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a young man, Goldmund, who wanders aimlessly throughout Medieval Ger
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-classici
Ohhh... Artist, Smartist
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.
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This philosophical novel provides perhaps the most vivid contrast I'
Steven Godin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men (although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the story), each seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way. The novel chronicles the life of an aimless wanderer breaking free, and one strongly binded to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery. The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades. Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte purs ...more
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..
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
João Carlos

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962) (site da Fundação Herman Hesse Montagnola)

Hermann Hesse nasceu em 1877 na Alemanha, naturalizou-se em 1923 suiço e faleceu em 1962 em Montagnola, Suiça. Em 1946 recebe o Prémio Nobel da Literatura ”por seus escritos inspirados que, enquanto crescem em audácia e penetração, exemplificam os ideais humanitários e as altas qualidades de estilo.”.

"Narciso era moreno e seco, enquanto Goldmund se mostrava brilhante e pródigo. Enquanto Narciso e
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
Taghreed Jamal el deen
العيش متشرداً بلا هدف متبعاً صوت غرائزك الداخلية ومستسلماً لكل تجارب الحياة التي قد تصادفك ومتعاملاً معها بفطرة الإنسان الأول ، أم الحياة المنظمة الساكنة التي يحكمها العقل وتسود فيها القوانين وتمر أيامها بأسلوب محدد مسبقا ؟
الفكر أم الغريزة ؟
الحكمة أم الفطرة ؟
الاستقرار أم التجوال ؟
الأمان أم المغامرة ؟
اليقين أم الحيرة ؟
العقل أم الجنون ؟
العلم أم الفن ؟
نرسيس أم غولدموند ؟
كلاهما يبحث عن جوهر الحياة لكن كلّ بطريقته ..
هل من الممكن فصلهما في الواقع ؟! لا أعتقد ، لكن أحدهما سيغلب بالضرورة .

عن نفسي ، أران
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
Patrick Gibson
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
أحمد العلي
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Branko Jovanovski
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
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.”
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Narcissus and Goldmund is one of Hesse’s near-misses. Close, but no cigar, as the shysters used to say at the Fair.

Yep. Kurt Vonnegut was pretty well right. Hesse is a second-rate writer.

And this novel could have been perfect. But no - it misses the boat.


To find that out, let’s go back to the medieval era, in which this book is set...

There once was an almost-Narcissus back then. His name was Desiderius Erasmus. Though half-secretively a Catholic man of the world, he acted as facilitator for
Marisa Fernandes
Este livro foi construido em torno de uma temática que muito me fascina e que se relaciona com a oposição passível de existir entre o pensamento e a acção, a teoria e a prática, as ideias e as emoções. Narciso é o pensamento, a teoria e as ideias, sendo que Goldmund [à letra, a boca de ouro] é a acção, a prática, as emoções. Sem querer revelar grandes detalhes acerca da história, Goldmund é desafiado por Narciso a partir em busca da concretização dessa sua natureza especial... Dessa sua natureza ...more
Ivana Books Are Magic
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
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
Maryam Shahriari
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: رمان
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
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, german
Another excellent work by Hesse. The duality of spirit and the contrast between the artistic and intellectual selves.
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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.

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