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General Fiction Large Print Edition. Steppenwolf is the profoundly memorable and affecting story of Harry Heller who embodies one of Hesse's most personally felt themes, the wrenching conflict between the needs of the flesh and of the spirit. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, Hermann Hesse commands a prominent place in the ranks of modern literature masters.
Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1983 by Bantam Books (first published 1927)
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Annie not specifically that I know of, but she did say once that she "collected names." I've run across names from her books in books from Agatha Christie…morenot specifically that I know of, but she did say once that she "collected names." I've run across names from her books in books from Agatha Christie to Dickens. And it is obvious from her books that she is very well read and knowledgeable about literature. It wouldn't surprise me at all to find she had read Steppenwolfe.
Bambiaddie Hi! I just finished the book and my level of german is approximately B2, a better B2 I'd say. What I found was that it varied, some parts were…moreHi! I just finished the book and my level of german is approximately B2, a better B2 I'd say. What I found was that it varied, some parts were relatively easy to read and some were harder, but it is most definitely doable. Naturally you're going to need a dictionary, there were so many words I did not know but hey, it's all about learning. Still I wouldn't say that this is the easiest book to start with, throughout my reading of the book I had a peek at the version of the book written in my mother tongue (Czech) several times and found the language to be advanced even there, so that definitely says something. Maybe a more modern book would be easier to begin with too in terms of language but give this one a try for sure! :) (less)
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Rajat Ubhaykar
I read this book on a twenty four hour train journey surrounded by the bourgeois. It was a terrifying experience. The book didn't change my life and was not meant to, but it gave me hope and hope is always a good thing.

The influence of Indian spirituality on this book is apparent, but Hesse chooses to dissect it using the prism of Western pessimism. He talks about the multiplicity of the self and the infinite potential associated with it, how we often choose to attach fanciful restrictions to t
Bookdragon Sean
Hermann Hesse’s words are timeless. Here they represent an entire disaffected generation, a generation who is on the cusp of radical change but still partly exists in the old world. They are out of space and out of time: they are lost within themselves. However, such things can aptly be applied to a number of individuals across the ages. And, for me, this is what made the novel so great.

Through these pages Hesse evokes a character I have seen many times before across literature, but never befor
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Vonnegut, one of my literary heroes, said of Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf that is was “the most profound book about homesickness ever written”. Vonnegut also went on to describe how Hesse speaks to young readers, how he speaks to the essence of youth and offers hope.

Like many readers, I first encountered Hesse as a young person, for me it was when I was in high school. Hesse’s illustration of isolation and being misunderstood spoke to me as a youth, as I imagine it has for many young p
Paquita Maria Sanchez
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This novel:

1. Initially reminded me very much of my own mental imbalances.

2. Started to make me feel like I'd been had, and that it was, in fact, just pretentious, overly self-aware "me me me" wackoff shite.

3. Redeemed itself (AND THE NARRATOR!) in the end with its exploration of drug-induced Jungian dreamscapes and subconscious mental states.

4. Successfully summoned that strange emotion that I like to call "happysad."

5. Did not change my life forever, but did act like aloe on a sunburn for my
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness.”
― Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf


There is this bourgeoisie period in every man's life. A midpoint between birth and death where man is trapped alone. Unable to exist in the hot or cold of the absolutes he tries to find his way between the extremes in the comfortable center. Fearing life and death, he just |exists| ... barely. This is not a novel for the young. Just like i
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
آنچه برای شخص من جنبه لذت اشراق و تعالی دارد چیزی است که مردم دنیا حداکثر آنرا در عالم ادبیات می جویند و دوست دارند، ولی درصحنه زندگی آنرا چیزی دیوانه وار تلقی می کنند


و در واقع اگر حق با دنیا باشد، اگر حق با این موسیقی کافه ای، با این کِیف های دسته جمعی، با این مردم آمریکائی مآب کم ادعای قانع زود خرسند باشد، پس من دیوانه هستم، پس من واقعا همان گرگ بیابانی هستم که به خود لقب داده ام، حیوانی هستم که در دنیایی غریبه و نامفهوم راه گم کرده ام، حیوانی که به خانه و کاشانه، هوای مورد احتیاج و غذای خود د
Um. What the? What?

What the hell did I just read?

First third, BRILLIANT -- one of the most interesting bits of philosophical fiction I've ever read. Seriously. I was completely enthralled. Second third -- hard to believe that two people would ever actually have conversations such as these, but still engaging. Third third -- what the F*CK? No, really, what the f*ck? It was some sort of crazy funhouse reality blurring, whacked out Kubrick film. I don't know if I liked it or I hated it. My brain i
Glenn Russell
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Many literary novels are page-turners, filled with a compelling, straightforward storyline and lots of action; think of Our Mutual Friend and Crime and Punishment, think of Heart of Darkness and No Country for Old Men, or novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

Hermann Hesse's novel Steppenwolf is a work of a completely different cast; a reader might find the story gripping, even riveting, but for much different reasons, for the action takes place not in
J.L.   Sutton
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read several other novels by Hesse (Siddharta, Demian, Narcissus & Goldmund and Knulp), the theme of a protagonist intellectually or culturally isolated from the rest of society is familiar. However, in Steppenwolf, the depths of our protagonist’s (Harry’s) despair separates him from other of Hesse’s protagonists and from humanity. His life isn’t confirmed as valid or authentic. Harry doesn’t see himself as fully human. Instead, he sees himself as half-human and half-wolf (Steppenwolf ...more
Likely the dumbest Important Book that I've read.

Yeah, it's cool that the narrator thinks he's a werewolf, but is really just a recluse pseudo-academic--and then reads a manuscript that describes fake werewolves and outs them as poseurs.

Cool, also, that the preface, by the manuscript's fictional finder and publisher, records the impression that the horrors of the middle ages were non-existent: "A man of the Middle Ages would detest the whole mode of our present day life as something far more th
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Half Bourgeois/Half Wolf

"Steppenwolf" starts with a fascinating 20 page preface that places a more conventional perspective on the rest of the novel (which is quite radical, if not exactly nihilist).

The unnamed first person narrator could be one of us. He purports to be "a middle class man, living a regular life, fond of work and punctuality, [as well as] an abstainer and non-smoker."

He gets to know the Steppenwolf, Harry Haller, while they both rent furnished rooms in his aunt's apartment.

He fi
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Συγκλονιστικό έργο. Βαθιά φιλοσοφικό και ψυχολογικό. Σε πολλά του σημεία είδα τον εαυτό μου. Δεν ξέρω γιατί αλλά μου θύμισε πολύ έντονα την πρώτη φορά που διάβασα Καμύ και συγκεκριμένα την πτώση.

Δεν έχω να γράψω κάτι, παρά να σας παραπέμψω στην κριτική της Ειρήνης που τα είπε εξαιρετικά, και εξαιτίας της διάβασα αυτό το βιβλίο και την ευχαριστώ
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best Novel on the Intellectual Male's Midlife Crisis

I might well have ridiculed this novel at 20, when I was unconquerable, infinite, the world my oyster. Thirty years on, having been through the process of disenchantment called life, and survived the tragic ends (de facto and de jure) of each chapter of my personal myth--the perfect job, a huge house, insane wealth, and adoration of both my looks and smarts--I find this novel profound.

Hermann Hesse wrote this in his late 40s and I can see p
Steven  Godin
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Dan Schwent
Harry Haller fights a battle ever day against his animalistic nature, the Steppenwolf, the thing keeping him from fitting in with society. Will he conquer the Steppenwolf before it drives him to suicide?

I'd toyed with the idea of paraphrasing the opening of the 1970's Incredible Hulk TV show but it felt disrespectful to a book of this power. Steppenwolf is one of the more thought-provoking books I've ever read. I lost count of the number of times I stopped and pondered my own Steppenwolfishness.
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in the complexity of life
I've read a few of Hesse's novels and I keep coming back to Steppenwolf time and time again. It's not as if books like Demian and Beneath the Wheel aren't worthwhile, either. It's just that there is something so grabbing and memorable about Steppenwolf. I was truly changed after I read this and I can't really say that for the majority of the books I've read.

One thing I think Hesse was obsessed with a little is the duality of life-the light and the dark side. Steppenwolf takes you to some dark ca
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit, madness
Personality should be integral, some psychoanalysts suggest.

Here we have an old, solitary and independent man ruminating upon his self, or his selves; a part human, and another one wolf-like.

Is he alienated? Is it a midlife crisis? An existential one? Do those parts cooperate with each other? Or, are they set apart, conflicting?

He just had a normal, gently-killing-time day. This is how the book introduces us to this character. One hot bath, some breathing exercises, some meditation,…old-book

يتكرر الأمر بجنائزية مرعبة.
ندفن شيئاً، نطمر أشياء.
نقف مكتوفي الأيدي حيال الكثير.
ولا نفقد الجاذبية التي تُجَمّع ذرّاتنا إلا في السر،
حيث نثق أن لا أحد.

ذئب البراري
ذئب السهول
رواية أو سيرة ذاتية .. أقرب ما تكون لقلب هيسه فقد لمحت ذلك وهو يصف الصور التي علّقها ذلك الغريب على حائطه. لا أدري كيف شعرت بأن هذا الحائط الذي يصفه هيرمان هو حائطه الشخصي والصور حقاً صوره التي يراها بأم عينه ويسجلها بإسم ذلك الغريب .. "الذئب".
ربما لأنها كانت لغاندي وبوذا وجوته ولعلمي بأن هؤلاء بالتحديد هم من أثر ع
Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.

I wrote a review a couple of weeks ago and I am still not sure about sharing it. It is too personal. This book is so close to my heart and my first review reflects that; a little too much. I mean, I didn't know what to expect and it blew me away. It is a fascinating work ab
David Schaafsma
for madmen only

In league with Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet and Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov, Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf is about a suicidal guy who never actually commits suicide, a tortured soul who struggles with the dualism of his nature, from the human to the wolf, from the classical to the romantic, to the spiritual to the sinful, from the life of the mind to the life of the body. I read this three times when I was 18-20, trying to understand it, trying to find elements that would help shape my p
Ahmad Sharabiani
684. Der Steppenwolf = Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
عنوان: گرگ بیابان؛ نویسنده: هرمان هسه؛ انتشاراتیها: بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب - اساطیر، ارغوان، فردوس، علمی فرهنگی، جامی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژوئن سال 1974 میلادی
عنوان: گرگ بیابان؛ هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: کیکاووس جهانداری؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، چاپ دوم سال 1346 ؛ نخستین چاپ در نشر اساطیر 1368؛ در 368 ص؛ شابک: 9645960320؛ چاپ دوم 1376؛ شابک: 9645960320؛ چاپ سوم 1383؛ چاپ چهارم 1388؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1394، در سی و هشت و 346
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites

A stray wolf of the steppes, now part of the herd of city-dwellers – there could be no more compelling way of picturing him, his wary isolation, his wildness, his restlessness, his homelessness and his yearning for home.

Herr Harry Haller has transcended his own timeframe and cultural space to become an universal symbol of the misunderstood intellectual, of the sensitive mind cast adrift on an ocean of mediocrity, of the voice of reason drowned by the howls of the dogs of war. Like Holden Caulf
Andrei Tamaş
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Recomand acest roman tuturor celor care vor să descopere infernul dinlăuntrul lor.
Mi-am propus de foarte multe ori să scriu o recenzie asupra romanului "Lupul de stepă" de Hesse. Mă obseda însă ideea că nu aș fi capabil, că nu aș putea spune tot ce aș vrea să spun, că n-aș găsi cuvintele necesare pentru a descrie această carte. Ieșind din aura ei și scriind DESPRE ea, mi-e frică de faptul că o să-i ciopârțesc valoarea (nu sunt deloc un bun sculptor).
Poate cuvintele mele de mai sus nu înseamnă n
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who regret, those who have shied away from life
Recommended to Junta by: The Glass Bead Game, Florencia's review
Part 1: A relevant tabletop game (December 27, 2015): (view spoiler) ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Ο Αριστοτέλης έλεγε πως για να ζήσει κανείς μόνος του πρέπει να είναι ή θηρίο ή θεός. Η μοναξιά είναι ανεξαρτησία σύμφωνα με τον Έσσε αλλά ας μην ξεχνάμε και τον Φρόυντ ο οποίος πίστευε ο πολιτισμός είναι η πηγή της δυστυχίας για τους ανθρώπους....

Ο Έσσε λοιπόν μας δίνει ένα ψυχογραφικό μυθιστόρημα το οποίο εμβαθύνει στα πιο σκοτεινά μονοπάτια της ανθρώπινης ψυχής. Ο Χάρυ δεν είναι θεός... Είναι ένας άνθρωπος ο οποίος προτιμά την μοναξιά και την ασφάλεια του σπιτιού του. Είναι όμως πραγματικά αν
Parthiban Sekar
“Life is not an epic poem with heroic roles”

But full of sheep and wolves, forming the human life. These wolves are not “Born to be wild”, but alienated for their hunger to find the meaning in everything. For the sake of argument, I am going to singularize the pack of wolves to a single, certain wolf - STEPPENWOLF. And you are allowed to assume any arbitrary number of sheep and if required, a mama sheep can be also brought in for contentment and coziness. Well, Isn’t this how the stories have be
Peter McEllhenney
Now that I’ve reached middle age, I thought it was time to revisit that classic of earnest adolescent angst (despite the fact the novel’s hero is nearly 50 years old), Hermann Hesse’ Steppenwolf.

I found the early sections of the book dull, flat, pretentious, and swimming in its own vanity. But the later sections corrected some of these faults, and made the book interesting and worth reading overall.

My main problem with the early parts of Steppenwolf is that the novel is constantly tells us how f
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ν'αγαπάς ιδεαλιστικά και τραγικά,ω ναι,φίλε μου,αυτό ξέρεις να το κάνεις άψογα,δεν αμφιβάλλω καθόλου,σου βγάζω το καπέλο.Τώρα θα μάθεις ν'αγαπάς και λίγο πιο συνηθισμένα και ανθρώπινα."

Αυτό το βιβλίο με ανάγκασε να προβληματιστώ και να σταματήσω αρκετές φορές κατά τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης,είτε για να αντιγράψω αποσπάσπατα που μου άρεσαν,είτε για να σκεφτώ πάνω σ'αυτά.Είχα καιρό να αισθανθώ για ένα βιβλίο ότι ο κάθε άνθρωπος που το διαβάζει θα αποκομίσει και κάτι τελείως διαφορετικό,ότι αν βάλ
Eirini D
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-lit
Ο λύκος της στέπας γεννάει στον αναγνώστη αμέτρητα ερωτήματα ενώ δίνει πολύ λιγότερες ή λιγότερο ξεκάθαρες απαντήσεις. Θα πρέπει να ζούμε, ακολουθώντας τα κοινωνικά στερεότυπα και πρότυπα, την κοινή αντίληψη και λογική που θα μας οδηγήσουν σε μια συμβατική μεν αλλά λιγότερο επώδυνη διαβίωση δε, ή όπως το πνεύμα, τα ένστικτα και η συνείδησή μας, μάς ορίζουν; Και αν επιλέξουμε να ζούμε όπως εμείς θέλουμε, πράγμα σχετικό γιατί έχουμε μεγαλώσει και γαλουχηθεί σύμφωνα με τις κοινωνικές επιταγές και ε ...more
Χαρά Ζ.
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a great book. It really is. It is philosophical and spiritual and deep and it demands your attention while reading it. It is the kind of book that i would love and cherish and adore. But i could not connect with it. It seemed distant and i felt frustrated most of the time. I didn't have problems with it, it's just, I couldn't feel along with it. And on top of that, by the times i thought me and book started to communicate it started slipping away again. And again. And again.
Ivana Books Are Magic
Possibly, my main issue with this book is that it was too similar to other Hesse's work I've read. Had this been the first Hesse's novel I've read, I'm sure that I would have been head over heels with it, but so it happens that it wasn't. It was my third novel by Hesse and for me personally, Steppenwolf and its theme of an isolated intellectual/misantropist didn't move me greatly, perhaps because I felt like I had heard it all before. While I was reading Steppenwolf, I had this deja vu sensation ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، بدونِ تردید خواندنِ این کتاب میتواند کاری با ذهنِ شما انجام دهد که ساعت ها بر روی جملات و موضوع داستان و حتی استعاره های به کار رفته بیاندیشید... <هرمان هسه> با خلاقیت و هنرمندی بسیار زیاد، این داستان را به نوعی نوشته است که شما نمی دانید آیا عناصر و شخصیت های داستان، خیالی هستند و یا واقعی.. آیا هسه آنها را ساخته است و یا شخصیتِ اصلی داستان آنها را در نوشته ها و خاطراتش جای داده است.... درکل کتابی چالش برانگیز است که جملات فلسفی و موضوعاتی روانشناسانه در دلِ خود جای داده ...more
Goodness what a delightfully interior novel this is, I had quite forgotten or more possibly never noticed. It was some years ago when I last read it, rather as Mark Twain allegedly said of his father, I find it much improved in the interim.

Before I reread The Glass Bead Game I was weighing up which to return to first. I think this was the better way round at least for me, I had a feeling that Harry was in want of Castalia, or that the Castalian life was developed to avoid the development of Step
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 3.5 stars, actually. Ugh, will Goodreads ever add the half star rating?

“You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.”

It's a good book, but I don't think it can have the same influence as it have had 50 years ago. The first half is better than the second one, that is quite messy and confusing. I'm not sure what was Hesse's message, since he was extremely contradicting at times. "Steppenwolf" is simply not my cup of tea.

Harry is 47 years old, has few buddies and those friendships
بالاخره تموم شد. برای خوندن این کتاب باید حوصله ی زیادی داشته باشید .قسمت اول کتاب فوق العاده خسته کننده و کشدار بود اما رفته رفته بهتر شد و در قسمت پایانی به اوج خودش رسید
به قول "هسه" افراد کمی قادر به ارتباط برقرار کردن با این کتاب ، درک داستان و لذت بردن از اون هستن ... به همین خاطر این کتاب رو به هرکسی توصیه نمیکنم.خود من چیز زیادی از کتاب دستگیرم نشد و نتونستم اون جوری که انتظارش رو داشتم از داستان لذت ببرم
The novel starts well with a preface by the young man of the house where the Steppenwolf (Harry Haller) is lodging, but then bogs down in a long disquisition on Harry's suffering called "The Treatise on the Steppenwolf." I found these pages turgid and thought they might easily be skipped. It's not until Harry enters a dance hall around page 95 that we meet Hermine, who becomes a matriarchal-figure for him; Maria, who becomes his lover; and Pablo, the impresario who leads the band and become's Ha ...more
Lena Bokogianni
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το να μαντέψει κανείς τις εξελίξεις του βιβλίου από την περίληψη ή τις πρώτες του σελίδες είναι αδύνατον. Η τροπή της ιστορίας με ξάφνιασε και το ξάφνιασμα αυτό ήταν ευχάριστο και ενδιαφέρον.

Ο ήρωας του βιβλίου έζησε μια ζωή διχασμένος ανάμεσα στην ανθρώπινη φύση και αυτή του λύκου της Στέπας. Κι όμως ήρθε μια στιγμή στη ζωή του που τον έφερε αντιμέτωπο με τις χιλιάδες φύσεις της ύπαρξής του.

Ο αναγνώστης παρακολουθεί ένα μαγικό θέατρο. Μπορεί όλες του οι σκηνές να μην είναι συναρπαστικές, μπορ
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
τι να πω για το βιβλιο; νομιζω πως αγγιξε καθε αναγνωστη και τον εβαλε στη διαδικασια να ψαξει για κοινα στοιχεια με τον βασικο ηρωα.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-novel
Roman bitti! Bir kaç cümleyle anlatılamayacak, olağan üstü kurgusuyla eşsiz bir kitap okuduğum u söyleyebilirim. İnsan ruhu ve benliğini parçalara ayırarak farklı birleşimler oluşturan yazar, hayatın tüm detaylarını bir şekilde bu kitaba sığdırmış. Müzikten, edebiyata bir çok ünlü ile yolunuz kesişiyor. Bozkırkurdu, Sonsuz Ateş, Ulysses, Tehlikeli Oyunlar benzeri kafa karıştırıcı, merak uyandırıcı, sizi yeni okuma deneyimlerine sürükleyen sıradışı bir roman . Acele etmeden yavaş yavaş, tadına va ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αυτό που οι περισσότεροι αποκαλούν "πραγματικότητα" δεν είναι τελικά τίποτε περισσότερο από την προσωπική τους αντίληψη και μετάφραση του επιστητού. Η κυρίαρχη αυτή ανάγνωση αποτελεί το κεντρικό πλαίσιο αναφοράς, μιας και η κοινωνική –ενίοτε αγελαία- φύση του ατόμου το ωθεί στην αγκαλιά της πλειονότητας.
Η "ωρίμανση", επομένως, αδιάλειπτα συνεπάγεται έναν σταδιακό απεγκλωβισμό από την προσωπική θέαση του κόσμου, από τον ιδιαίτερο τρόπο αντίληψης του υπάρχοντος, προκειμένου να ενταχθείς στην ολότ

Ο λύκος της στέπας του Έρμαν Έσσε (εκδόσεις Μίνωας, 2014) είναι ένα από τα πιο ιδιαίτερα και σπουδαία μυθιστορήματα που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ. Μια κριτική στον δυτικό τρόπο ζωής που στιγμάτισε τη σύγχρονη λογοτεχνία και έδωσε στον συγγραφέα παγκόσμια αναγνώριση. Ο Χάρρυ, κεντρικός χαρακτήρας του βιβλίου ζει ακροβατώντας στις δύο φύσεις του, να είναι από τη μία στοργικός και ευαίσθητος, και θέλει να απολαύσει τη ζωή, ενώ από την άλλη να είναι ο «λύκος» Χάρρυ·α
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I think if this book captures you in the first few pages it's for you. Otherwise it's a 100 page slog until something, anything happens. There were some vignettes in the last 10 pages that were especially good. I realize that the truths this book espouses are not obvious to some people, but it was not particularly profound for me. It was like spending an evening with an especially irritating hipster as he gradually realizes that life isn't as crap as he thought.
But there is much discussion of
The main character in Steppenwolf is Harry Haller, a self-professed "steppenwolf," half-man, half-wolf character, but not in the literal sense. He is conflicted by his desires of being among the bourgeois and what it represents - stability, companionship, pleasure, the arts - and being free, an untamed beast who lives in solitude and contemplation. When we first encounter him, he is lost and in despair.

But the book is more than that.

Yes, he meets a woman named Hermine who understands his tormen
4.5 stars. Ich besuchte vor vielen Jahren Hesses Grab in Montagnola, las einen Teil seiner Tessiner Geschichten und ein paar Gedichte – doch bis jetzt habe ich nie einen Roman von ihm gelesen. Und das ist wahrscheinlich gut so. Denn hätte ich Hesses “Der Steppenwolf” in meinen Zwanzigern gelesen, mein Urteil über dieses Buch wäre wohl um einiges schlechter ausgefallen. Die Zeitlosigkeit dieser Erzählung ermöglicht es, mich rund 90 Jahre später als Frau mittleren Alters in die Gefühlswelt des Har ...more
Harry Haller believes he is a wolf inside, a wolf of the Steppes. Unable to reconcile his human half with his wolf nature, he stumbles around town searching for meaning and his own identity. He meets a beautiful siren who demands his obedience and introduces him to a counterculture full of musicians and mistresses and other social outsiders, leading eventually to a Magic Theater where he enters a hallucinatory dreamworld and confronts himself.

What a lot of highbrow wangsting. Okay, Hermann Hesse
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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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