Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow (Hardcover)

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By Gunnar Decker, Peter Lewis (Translator)
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A deftly crafted biography, drawing on newly discovered letters, of an enduring champion of spiritual restlessness whose critique of consumer culture continues to inspire the millions of readers of Siddhartha.

Against the horrors of Nazi dictatorship and widespread disillusionment with the forces of mass culture and consumerism, Hermann Hesse's stories inspired nonconformity and a yearning for universal values. Few today would doubt Hesse's artistry or his importance to millions of devoted readers. But just who was the author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian?

Gunnar Decker weaves together previously unavailable sources to offer a unique interpretation of the life and work of Hermann Hesse. Drawing on recently discovered correspondence between Hesse and his psychoanalyst Josef Lang, Decker shows how Hesse reversed the traditional roles of therapist and client, and rethinks the relationship between Hesse's novels and Jungian psychoanalysis. He also explores Hesse's correspondence with Stefan Zweig--recently unearthed--to find the source of Hesse's profound sense of alienation from his contemporaries.

Decker's biography brings to life this icon of spiritual searching and disenchantment who galvanized the counterculture in the 1960s and feels newly relevant today.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780674737884
ISBN-10: 0674737881
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: November 5th, 2018
Pages: 800
Language: German
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