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Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow (Hardback)

By Decker, Gunnar
Translated by Lewis, Peter

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Against the horrors of imperial and Nazi dictatorships, the disillusionment of Weimar's failures, and the unbending austerity of German Nonconformist Christianity, Hermann Hesse's stories inspired nonconformity and a yearning for universal values to supplant the political fanatic...ism tearing Europe apart. Initially, critics thought his work inaccessible to Americans, but the counterculture of the 1960s-and subsequent generations of admirers-emphatically proved the opposite. 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 newly 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. Readers who can now explore Hesse's correspondence with Thomas Mann and Stefan Zweig-the latter recently unearthed-will come away with a better understanding of the author's profound sense of alienation from his contemporaries.The wanderer reenters our world through Decker's deftly crafted biography, ever a champion of intellectual and spiritual searching against the forces of mass culture, consumerism, and the disenchanted life.
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ISBN 9780674737884
Released NZ 15 Oct 2018
Publisher Harvard University Press
Format Hardback
Language English (translated from: German)
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ISBN-13 9780674737884
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Harvard University Press
Imprint Harvard University Press
Released 15 Oct 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from German
Author(s) By Decker, Gunnar
Translated by Lewis, Peter
Category Literary Studies: General
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
World History: From C 1900 -
European History
Number of Pages 800
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 833.912
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, German - Biography - 20th century, Authors, German - 20th century
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly