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Wie alle Hauptwerke Hermann Hesses hat auch der Demian den der damals 40jährige Autor mitten im Ersten Weltkrieg schrieb eine ebenso ungewöhnliche wie spannende Entstehungs und Wirkungsgeschichte Daß dieses im Herbst 1917 vollendete Buch erst im Juni 1919 ein halbes Jahr nach Kriegsende veröffentlicht wurde lag an der Unbekanntheit des Verfassers Denn Hesse hatte das Manuskript dem Verlag als das Erstlingswerk eines kr I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self Why was that so very difficult This uote stands alone on the very first page of the novel and it tells you all you need to know I loved this book I want to make you love it I sit here at this keyboard and try to write yet after reading this exuisite novel everything I have to say sounds trite I type I delete Type some Delete Nothing I say is adeuate I feel like I live inside Hermann Hesse s thoughts All of my struggles with morality and purpose and meaning they were his struggles too There were moments while reading this book where I just closed the pages closed my eyes and thought Wow I just want to live in THIS moment Suddenly everything is clear I don t want to read any or think any or talk any I just want to experience THIS So profound was his writing that I can t even manage to explain it to you It s visceral There were moments where that cognitive dissonance that I m constantly battling just stopped It was like a bright light was shone on all my dark tendencies and I could clearly see my true nature Sincerely it was that profound for me I want it to be profound for you too Because then maybe just maybe we will understand each other You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them They all sense that the rules they live by are no longer valid that they live according to archaic laws neither their religion nor their mortality is in any way suited to the needs of the presentEveryone who ponders seeks wonders philosophizes everyone who Thinks should read this book

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Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend

Verglich die elektrisierende Wirkung des Buches mit der von Goethes Werther da es »mit unheimlicher Genauigkeit den Nerv der Zeit traf und eine ganze Jugend die wähnte aus ihrer Mitte sei ihr ein Künder ihres tiefsten Lebens entstanden zu dankbarem Entzücken hinriß« Bis zur Entdeckung des Pseudonyms im Mai 1920 erschienen drei Auflagen denen dann unter Hesses eigenem Namen zu seinen Lebzeiten noch 93 weitere folgten Man knows how much powder it takes to kill a man but doesn t know how to be happy DemianUpdate 7319 I reread this with a small group of students reading Growing Up novels We have read so far James Joyce s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Jeffery Eugenides The Virgin Suicides and now this All three I realize deal with the struggle between spirituality and sensuality for young people coming of ageOriginal review edited a little 8618Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair s Youth is a 1919 novel situated early on in pre WWI world of an adolescent boy Emil who early on is bullied with Max Demian intervening on his behalf I first read it when I was 16 and was thoroughly engaged in it It wasn t until I reread it recently that I realized how it had influenced my early thinking about spirituality and identity More accessible than Steppenwolf or even Siddhartha it was one of my very favorite Hesse books because it situates the spiritual and in this case Hindi and psychological in this case Jungian ideas in a story of what seem to be real young people as opposed to abstractions though some scenes featuring just ideologicalspiritual conversations can seem pretty abstract It s a story like most Hesse stories about a young man in the west specifically Germany and probably Hesse himself who comes to Enlightenment by trying to fuse different things he cares about from western and eastern philosophical traditions The early bullying trauma is the most engaging section of the book because it is the most narrative feels the most real like it is pulled right out of Hesse s own life The rest of the book is a kind of condensed developmental allegory of the coming of age ideas of Emil There are a variety of boys who help lead Emil a good boy along a path of doubting the conventional religion with which he was raised into a time of worldly pursuits and drinking and back somewhat in the direction of the Light the Sacred and self realizationMax Demian is a kind of doppleganger a shadow self in Emil Sinclair s Jungian struggle between the shadow and the light The dialogues in the book between Demian and Sinclair and other older boys in the book feel real enough but they can also be seen as self or inner dialogues Demian gets him to uestion conventional interpretations of Biblical stories He gets him to be skeptical to doubt to freely interpret everything he sees and reads There is a kind of Jungian dualism that Sinclair struggles with and a Hindu struggle between the world of illusion the Hindu concept of Maya and the real world the world of spiritual truth but it is different than the Good Evil dualism of Christianity in which he was raisedThe backdrop of the book is WWI and a sense that the world must die before it is reborn into a better thing The bird struggles out of the egg The egg is the world Who would be born must first destroy a world The bird then flies to God That God s name is Abraxas Abraxas would seem to be the God of a New Religion that emerges when people see through their worldly illusions This didn t really work out Herman did it Or it may have for a few million people but not far enough to truly transform the planet It s interesting to see the trend in the US to seek women politicians to replace rapaciously worldly men Because in Hesse s conception Emil falls in love with a girl named Beatrice that represents to him a kind of spiritual ideal consistent with this New Religion I think EmailHesse thinks going the way of women is generally better than the way of menEmil Sinclair later in the book seems to fall in love too with Frau Eva Max Demian s mother whom he views as an image of the Universal Mother which maybe evolved into the sixties conception of the Earth Mother a feminist environmental ideal that was seen as possibly a key to saving the planet Emil sees Eva as a Goddess image the Female ideal representing an ethereal sensual emotional life in contrast to the world of men that leads us to death and war Ironically most of Sinclair s transformations happens through conversations in and through intense relationships with boys such as Demian and Pistorius Not teachers but somewhat older boys who open up his mind to different ideas Interestingly for a guy who develops a kind of Goddess ideal Emil has almost no real connection to women or girls at all so he idealizes them in various ways If he meets a woman such as Beatrice he thinks about her he watches her but never really talks to her Other boys seem to have early sexual experiences but not Sinclair And yet Woman becomes for Emil the Ideal Spiritualbodily guide for him Sinclair s challenge Can he find a way to weave together sexuality the body attraction something renounced by Christianity and holiness the Spirit in Love And to find the Feminine in himself without completing renouncing the Masculine Not opposites but a fusion of the twoDemian and Max fight in WWI and one can see how Demian the book was so popular among young anti war people in 1919 after the war to end all wars and again in the anti Vietnam War sixtiesearly seventies What Hesse encourages is for young people to discover their true selves and to follow their inner vision Love can be part of that process of course but it never seems to me a truly social love or a social self with a commitment to changing the world Hesse s is a spiritual uest a uest for Self Enlightenment When I was 16 I was highly encouraged to make what we called in the Dutch Reformed Church Profession of Faith in keeping with the tenets of the Heidelberg Catechsim which we had to basically memorize over a series of years I was a skeptic taking notes on sermons I heard that made me worry about my church s Calvinist grounding in Original Sin We were all in my church s most conservative version of this view to see ourselves fundamentally as Sinners During this same year I read Demian and other works by Hesse And in the next couple years I would read the existentialists and Dostoevsky It was my Aunt Florence who emerged in this time as my Universal Mother A one time flapper an artist a teacher a nudist joyful not at all like my Dutch Reformed traditions She told me once when I was maybe fourteen that she had never believed in the idea of Hell and this sort of stunned me because I could never understand it either but I was surprised and glad to find someone who agreed with me within my family Like Emil who was confirmed in his Church even as he left it I made my parents happy and made a Profession of Faith even as I faced the possibility of being drafted in the Vietnam war Unlike Emil and Demian I never served in the military nor fired a weapon in a warI was possessed as a young man like Emil with intense feelings ranging from joy to self pity to melancholy which is to say adolescence I guess and my experience like Emil s featured intense discussions of books and the ideas embodied in them Self exploration was central for me at 16 and what contributions I might make to the needs other people were secondary until I decided to work in a psychiatric institution for some years and then become a teacher I very much liked revisiting my past self through this book I maybe didn t love it as much as I did when I first read it but I will hold on to my 5 starring of it that I felt then

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Anken jungen Dichters empfohlen des zeitkritischen Poeten Emil Sinclair der bisher nur in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften durch pazifistische Mahnrufe und Erzählungen aufgefallen war die gleichfalls von Hesse stammten Doch trotz des Inkognitos erlebte das Buch eine geradezu stürmische Aufnahme und wurde noch im Erscheinungsjahr mit dem Fontane Preis für das beste Erstlingswerk eines Nachwuchsautors ausgezeichnet Thomas Mann i am so glad i give authors three books to make me love them this was hesse s last chance to woo me and he really almost got a five star valentine from me but we will call it a four and a half must be a little coy after all this is a book that i would love to go back in time and give myself upon graduating from high school i would love to know whether it would have made me or less insufferable than i am now because i could see it going either way at seventeen i could see myself taking this as a cautionary tale in a way or i could see myself going whole hog into some sort of mystical uasi intellectual liter orgical spree and alienating everyone around me i can see myself smoking a pipe and holding court with my philosophies and my revelations ohhhh my revelations as it is i held no court i just finished it on the subway took moll flanders out of my bag and started reading that in some uiet bookish euivalent to chain smoking but o what could have beencome to my blog


9 thoughts on “Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend

  1. says:

    Hermann Hesse's Demian influenced me than just about any book although I haven't read the novel in twenty years Through my late teens and early twenties I searched out every Hesse book I could find including the rarities journals letters etc going as far as to ferret out European editions in a Berlin bookstore on a solo trip as much influenced by Hesse as cheap airfare My initial college experiences three institutions in six semesters en

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    Demian Die Geschichte einer Jugend Demian The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth Hermann Hesse ّFirst Publication date 1919 Em

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    I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self Why was that so very difficult This

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    “I realize today that nothing in the world is distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself” Demian is a sad and lonely read; it is a thoroughly depressing exploration of the human soul and the adolescent mind The book portrays a general sense of detachment and dispossession with reality

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    i am so glad i give authors three books to make me love them this was hesse's last chance to woo me and he really almost got a five st

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    But every man is than just himself; he also represents the uniue the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect only once in this way and never again That is why every man's story is important eternal sacred; that is why every man as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature is wondrous and worthy of every considerationIt's uite timely that I read this one so soon after reading

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    The things I do for BTSJoking this was one of the few books that really had an impact on my way of thinking It talked about religion belief and growth in a very profound way as if Hesse wasn't really writing but conversing directly with my mi

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    “Man knows how much powder it takes to kill a man but doesn’t know how to be happy”—DemianUpdate 7319 I reread this with a small group of students reading Growing Up novels We have read so far James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist a

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    “The bird fights its way out of the egg The egg is the world Who would be born must first destroy a world The bird flies to God That God's name is Abraxas”For a book full of philoshophical meanings Demian was uite understandable The author did a great job to present his character's thinking and feelings and even the transitio