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Narcissus and Goldmund: A Novel

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Overview

Hesse's novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. This conflict between flesh and spirit, between emotional and contemplative man, was a life study for Hesse. It is a theme that transcends all time. The Hesse Phenomenon "has turned into a vogue, the vogue into a torrent. . .He has appealed both to. . . an underground and to an establishment. . .and to the disenchanted young sharing his contempt for our industrial civilization."—The New York Times Book Review

The story of two men whose characters are diametrically opposed. Thomas Mann called it "a poetic novel unique in its fascination."

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“A poetic novel unique in its fascination.” —Thomas Mann

“Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, allusive; alive to the importance of play, to the desperate yet frolicsome game of writing....Narcissus and Goldmund is his very best....What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body-and-soul-shaking debate that runs through it, which it has the honesty and courage not to resolve: between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation, between the wayfaring and the sedentary in us.” —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the most profound and magical novels published in our age.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553232509
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    From a young man searching for his true self

    This book is an amazing tribute to life itself. As a student, and someone who is searching for his true path in life, I enjoyed this book greatly. The duality of life expressed in this book through the contrast of the rooted Narcissus from the worldly Goldmund is thought provoking, and the promise that this materpiece will force the reader to think is what makes it so complete. The thinker contrasted against the artist and order against chaos. Narcissus and Goldmund is a necessary read for anyone searching for themselves, young or old, this book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Ad wonder to your life

    The book explores the duality of life on the boundry between life and death, light and dark, man and woman. Along with Goldmund on his journey the reader experiences the vast possability of life, the individual growth of a person and the invissible strings of fate that connect our lifes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

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    One of my favorite books of all time.

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    Amazing book!

    Hesse does a great job with this book, as usual. He juxtaposes the two main characters, Narcissus and Goldmund, and poses some deep questions about life. I had to read this book for school; however, it is a really great book and I kept reading it to find out what would happen! It's extremely well written and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Better than I expected...

    When I looked at the dull cover of this book when my copy was handed to me in class I figured 'Oh great. Another boring book.' This book is just the opposite. I was pulled in by the 3rd chapter and just in awe by the time I finished the book. This book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Wonderful

    I'm usually disappointed by the books I am assigned to read in school, but this was one of those precious jewels that only show up a couple of times in high school. It's wonderfully written and it touches the reader. It's great for adolescents. Once you finished 'Catcher in the Rye' go on to this next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Incredible...

    A book for all those who know the infidelity of women, the suffering, and meaninglessness of life, but still, thirst for the eternally recurring fountain.

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