Hermann Hesse | Critical Essay by Oskar Seidlin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Hermann Hesse.
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Critical Essay by Oskar Seidlin

[Hesse's] entire work seems an endless recording of the process of awakening. The very word fascinates him, and in his last work, the monumental Glass Bead Game (1943), published in this country under the title Magister Ludi, we find the protagonist's admission that "awakening was to me a truly magic word, demanding and pressing, consoling and promising." (p. 52)

In the early novels, Peter Camenzind and Beneath the Wheel (1906), this "exercise" was still so much shrouded in psychological realism that Hesse appeared to be one more of the many sensitive and delicate anatomists of puberty…. Yet, in the light of Hesse's later development, it becomes quite obvious that the psycho-biological "case histories" of Peter Camenzind and Hans Giebenrath are only timid approaches to the painful process of awakening…. (The fact that in both cases the return to the dark is...

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Buy the Critical Essay by Hans Beerman
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