Narcissus and Goldmund: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Hermann Hesse, Ursule Molinaro (Translated by)
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"As a wandering college student traveling through the mountains of Switzerland, I read this fundamental text and pondered whether I was more the analytical intellectual of Narcissus or the sensual romantic of Goldmund. This book is for the thoughtful.

recommended if you like: Thomas MannSiddhartha"

- Marc

Description


Hermann Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher's fierce intellect and sense of discipline. When Narcissus persuades the young student that he is not meant for a life of self-denial, Goldmund sets off in pursuit of aesthetic and physical pleasures, a path that leads him to a final, unexpected reunion with Narcissus.

About the Author


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. He was the author of numerous works including Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian.

Praise For…


“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312421670
ISBN-10: 0312421672
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: February 1st, 2003
Pages: 320
Language: English