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Il pellegrinaggio in Oriente

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  8,275 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
Il pellegrinaggio in Oriente (1932), il più perfetto dei romanzi brevi di Hesse e quasi lo stemma di tutta la sua opera, racconta un’esperienza unica e inaudita, che ha luogo, non a caso, in quel «periodo torbido, disperato, e tuttavia così fertile che seguì la prima guerra mondiale». Uniti in una misteriosa Lega, le cui regole paradossali e sapienti ripetono – riflesse ne ...more
Paperback, Piccola Biblioteca #1, 96 pages
Published April 1st 1973 by Adelphi (first published 1932)
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Ben Winch
This is an anomaly in Hesse’s oeuvre – a personal piece in which he risks alienating his wider audience, and yet in another sense his most universal work. It’s true, I say this having had few successes in recommending it, yet so far no-one I’ve given it to has disliked it, even if it has left them frustrated or puzzled or underwhelmed. The crux of it is, it’s the story of a failure. An inevitable failure, I would say, but as Hesse himself says early in the piece, “the seemingly impossible must c ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Morgenlandfahrt = The Journey to the East, Hermann Hesse
Journey to the East is a short novel by German author Hermann Hesse. It was first published in German in 1932 as "Die Morgenlandfahrt". This novel came directly after his biggest international success, Narcissus and Goldmund. Journey to the East is written from the point of view of a man (in the book called "H. H.") who becomes a member of "The League", a timeless religious sect whose members include famous fictional and real character
Jonathan Ashleigh
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hermann Hesse writes as though his words are god's perspective, but I don't believe in god... And, for the most part, I think god is boring. Unlike Siddhartha, a book which everybody loves because they think they will look dumb if they don't, Journey to the East is a book that doesn't claim to have all the answers.

I feel this quote from within its text describes it best.
"The clearest relationships were distorted, the most obvious were forgotten, the trivial and unimportant pushed into the foreg
Ian "Marvin" Graye
"Poet of the Interior Journey"

There was a time in my 20’s when I was obsessed with Hermann Hesse. I was a Hesse Obsessor. After all, he was regarded highly enough as an author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

Something now lures me back to the novels I read then, "Siddhartha" and "Steppenwolf". However, I thought I would try this one as a "wedgie" or stopgap between more ambitious projects.

In truth, this is more a novella than a novel.

Even burdened by a 30 page introduction by Dr Ti
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-novels
I have enjoyed the novels I have read by Hesse, but this wasn't really one that resonated with me. The narrator H.H joins a quasi-religious organisation called The League which has ancient roots and members from reality and fiction: Plato, Don Quixote, Mozart, Tristram Shandy, Baudelaire, Puss in Boots (I kid you not). There is a pilgrimage to the East, which falls apart when a servant called Leo seems to disappear. Of Course, Leo is much more than a servant as the rest of the novella reveals, w ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Κάθε φορά που διαβάζω Hesse, διαπιστώνω πόσο μεγάλος συγγραφέας είναι.
اون قد نثرش فاخر بود که آدمو دنبال خودش می کشوند و البته حواسشو از داستان پرت میکرد. داستان سهل و راحتی نیس؛ خصوصاً که گریزها و تلمیح ها و اشارات زیادی داره که آدمو گیج می کنه. ولی رو هم رفته حال و هواش خوبه.
J.G. Keely
Why is Hesse's concept of enlightenment indistinguishable from mental illness? First, in The Glass Bead Game, we get the depiction of a 'secular saint', and the signs of his enlightenment are that he has stopped all his creative work, often sits lost in thought, making no sign he understands anyone speaking to him, and when he does respond, it is with a brief non-sequitur. He otherwise wanders the gardens day and night with a bland smile frozen to his face. Perhaps it's only me who looks at thos ...more
Zohreh Hanifeh
برای من کتابِ فوقالعادهای بود. با اینکه در ابتدا روایت داستانیِ قویای هم نداشت، و روایتهای پراکندهای از خاطرات سفری به سوی صبح بود، اما از نیمههای کتاب که با حقایق روبرو میشد و از گمگشتگی خودش آگاه، با دل آدم حرف میزد. برای کسی که راه سلوک را رفته باشد یا بخواهد برود، کلمات آشناست. راهروان، پیشروان، خطاها، حسرتها...
بخش آخر (خواب جزیره) هم با اینکه تمثیلی بود اشکهایم را جاری کرد. آنجا که شاهبانو به ه. میگفت «من روح درماندهٔ تو را خوب میشناسم. در راه زندگی بر فراز سرت بودهام...»
و آنجا که میپرسید «
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Such a strange journey, such an elusive destination. This is equally horrible and mystical, and it is a somewhat difficult task to try and make sense of the ending. I found myself drawn to Leo immediately, while H.H. I could more easily identify with. This made it both confusing and slightly depressing.

It seems that life is much more magical and mystical in youth, and while I am still very young myself, I find that any excitement towards spirituality I once had, has been slowly replaced over th
Lynne King
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does one begin a review of Hermann Hesse’s work? My first experience of his books was with “The Glass Bead Game”, the content of which fascinated me at the time and I found it easy to read. However, this book has really got me thinking and much as I like it, I wonder if the author is playing with the reader?

This is a spiritual journey of a German choirmaster called H.H. (could this be the author himself?) who unsuccessfully attempts to write about the “great journey” he made when he joined t
Luís C.
A disconcerting book because we lose all the landmarks of time and space. But this book also made me think of Kafka and his novel The Castle. The members of the order evoked for me the inhabitants of the village and HH in K.
Dhanaraj Rajan
I had read another book by Hesse prior to this - Knulp. The present book in review also shares the same quality that was found in the earlier book. That is, the book is relatively 'dull'. I mean the plot is not that riveting to keep the reader on the edge. Rather, the plot moves in its own pace and Hesse wants the reader to read between the lines.

As a result, a reader can come away from it carrying many messages. I came away with one and by sharing it I will end my review.

Hesse must have been ha
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitapla ilgili felsefi birçok yorum yapılabilir zira buna fazlasıyla elverişli bir kitap olmuş. İnsan psikolojisi, yabancılaşma hissi, hata, inkar, kabullenme...Hepsi çıkıyor bu yolculukta okurun karşısına ve okur okuduklarını kendince anlamlandırmaya çalışırken...Öyle bir "son" geliyor ki işte o anda, ne kadar usta bir yazarı okuduğunuzu anlıyorsunuz. Metin içindekilerle yapılan ilişkilendirme sonda muhteşem, her kitabın sonu benzer şekilde keyif vermemiştir bana. Açıkçası tüylerimin ürpermesin ...more
Po Po
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An incredible writer makes a truly depressing not-much-actually-happens story-story into something inspirational.

If you've ever found yourself wallowing in despair, utterly disconsolate, and demoralized, then this book is for you.

League brother H looks back upon his life and questions the meaning of his every choice and action. He finds himself in the throes of an existential crisis.

Insightful little book. Warning: Inconclusive ending.

Several main points:

+ Despair is the constant state of human
Erik Graff
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Although the most difficult to comprehend of Hesse's novels, The Journey to the East was, upon reading, one of my favorites as it left me with some vague, yet powerful, apprehension of a vital truth--something like those essential words we find "at the tip of the tongue" but are unable to speak, those aspects of memory we know to be there but cannot recollect, those revelations conveyed in dreams, in deliria or under the influence of psychotropics.

Now, having substantially wasted my life and bei
I have read many books by many great minds. Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, Nobakov, Ayn Rand et al. I find an inner struggle to find out the various aspects of truth in their writing. Their works disturb us. They inspire us. They confuse us about ourselves. They make us question. And they propel us towards a self-exploring journey.
But, reading Hesse is different. When I read him, I don't feel as if I am reading a literary expert or philosopher. I feel as I am with a saint. The man who has experience
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"he who travels far will often see things
Far removed from what he believed was Truth.
When he talks about it in the fields at home,
He is often accused of lying,
For obdurate people will not believe
What they do not see and distinctly feel.
Inexperience, I believe,
Will give little credence to my song."
Ricardo Lapão
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surpreendente, o que depois já ter lido vários livros dele é ainda mais surpreendente.
Patrick Gibson
If ever the maxim ‘not the destination but the journey’ were true, this would be the perfect example. Not even considering the fact the ‘travelers’ on this journey never make it to the East, which is in fact a metaphor or our own individual passage from solitude to the enlightenment of the communal whole. The community for this particular journey is called The League. And as they transverse through time and space encountering Don Quixote and Noah’s Ark, members of the League such as Mozart and H ...more
Eirini D
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-lit
Το Ταξίδι στην Ανατολή με απογοήτευσε από την άποψη ότι αυτό που τελικά διάβασα ήταν διαφορετικό από αυτό που περίμενα. Φαινομενικά αναφέρεται στην αγωνιώδη προσπάθεια κάποιου να ξαναβιώσει, μέσα από το γράψιμο, τα συναισθήματα που του προκάλεσε η εμπειρία ενός φανταστικού ταξιδιού ως μέλους ενός τάγματος, στο χώρο και στο χρόνο, και η θλιβερή διαπίστωση του ότι όλα σχεδόν όσα έζησε είχαν άδοξη κατάληξη, το τάγμα διαλύθηκε και ο σκοπός του ταξιδιού δεν έφθασε ποτέ στην πλήρη εκπλήρωσή του. Στις ...more
Abu Hasan
(ذلك لأن هدفنا لم يكن الشرق وحده، أو أن الشرق لم يكن مجرد بلاد أو شيء جغرافي، بل كان وطن الروح وشبابها. كان الشرق في كل مكان ولم يكن في أي مكان)
من أكثر كتب هيسه، التي قرأتها، رمزية وغموضا
تحس بعد قراءته أنه ليس رواية مستقلة... بل هو أقرب ما يكون إلى فصل من رواية... أو جزء من سيرة ذاتية
النجوم الثلاث ليست للكتاب وإنما للدراسة الملحقة بالكتاب عن هيسه "شاعر الرحلة الداخلية" لـ"تيموني ليري" والتي أوضح فيها، على وجازتها، الكثير من سيرة هيسه الذاتية والفكرية وعرض لأبرز أفكاره في أهم كتبه، باٌلإضافة إلى
Dylan Grant
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, german
My favorite Herman Hesse books. Actually one of the few books by him that I like! I think he is a very overrated book but I really liked it. It's like a more mature Alice in Wonderland at times because it has that sense of unbounded whimsical-ness but the characters are older so they can really appreciate the wonder. It is very short though.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I once had a dream like this.
I enjoyed the simple ease of this novel.
Aleksandar Šegrt
svaku tvoju riječ ja volim, mada ništa ne razumijeeeem.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, fiction
Hesse is usually one of my favored writers, but this one left me cold and unimpressed. I went through it quickly, having felt that the other books told his ideas better. It's not a bad book, though.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kısacık bir kitap zaten, buna rağmen ilk 50 sayfada neden bahsettiğini pek anlayamadan geçti. Hermann Hesse'ye güvenmesem belki de bırakabilirdim... Ama inanın okumaya değer, hele son 15-20 sayfa özellikle kendi iç arayışına devam eden insanlar için çok aydınlatıcı... "Özdavacı" kavramını çok sevdim özellikle...
Grigor Grigoryan
Անկեղծ ասած չգիտեմ ինչ գրեմ, չեմ հասկանում էս գրողին :) Գայլից լավն էր, Սիդհարհայից վատը, բայց չեմ հասկանում, թե ինչ ա ուզում ասի...բայց էլի բաներ ունեմ կարդալու Հեսսեյից դեռ :)
Atul Sabnis
Life-changing book, is something I would never write for any book. Books by themselves do not do that - it's the reader who understands something in a book and chooses to make it an experience.

The Journey To The East is simply written book, the language almost plain of a journey, as you may have guessed across lands, , as you may first think it to be. Eventually, you get to know that this journey, fantastical at times, is nothing about the "travel". The journey is evenly punctuated by descriptio
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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.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only ca
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