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Steppenwolf (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1927; edition 2001)

by Hermann Hesse

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Title:Steppenwolf (Penguin Modern Classics)
Authors:Hermann Hesse
Info:Penguin Classics (2001), Paperback, 256 pages
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Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (1927)

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    GaryPatella: The protagonist in Nausea has a very similar personality to the protagonist in Steppenwolf. Both books have that same gloomy feel to them.
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    Liondancer: Die Persönlichkeit des "Treibhaus"-Abgeordneten Keetenheuve erinnert mich sehr an den "Steppenwolf" Harry Haller.
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    paradoxosalpha: Fight Club could be read as an updated rewriting of Steppenwolf, with Hermine replaced by Tyler Durden, and the dance hall transformed to the fight club. Maria becomes Marla, and the Magic Theater becomes Operation Mayhem.
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The title of this novel by Hermann Hesse refers to the main character, Harry Haller, who is described at first as an individual that is caught between two extremes, surrender to god or asceticism depicted by a man and surrender to physical corruption or lust depicted by the wolf.
Haller, having been raised in a comfortable bourgeoisie existence, finds himself unable to fully surrender to either side yet hateful of the lukewarm middle state of his origin. He is brought to the verge of suicide by the conflict but feels there must be more to life and determines to
explore it fully before his end despite the pain.

Hesse then introduces the notion that all men are more than a single or even dual nature but are instead the combination of a great many souls and that the integration of these parts is the path to unity. He makes the point that the goal is to expand to incorporate all these selves not to collapse these selves into a single entity.

Through his interaction with the characters of Hermine, Maria, and Pable, Haller explores this idea and Hesse's conception of individuals whom he terms "immortals" which seem to represent the type of life that one should aim for to reach this unity. Such individuals strive for greatness and immortality through self expression even though they are not rewarded in life or even interested in money or fame. The self expression lives on after death so they never truly die. He provides the examples of Mozart and his music.
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  bzbooks | Jan 4, 2017 |
At first I wasn't sure about this book, but after a slow start this really became quite compelling. The story of Harry Haller, a middle aged misanthrope, the Steppenwolf of the title, a man who has closed himself of from the world, from love, desire, faith, from the very experience of life itself. He lives in a state of hatred, both of himself and the world, a world he feels out of step with, alienated from.

Slowly, after meeting a woman named Hermine, he is drawn back into the world, shown how to live, laugh and love again. The novel has many things to say about religion, sex, love, life and how we experience the world, far too much to go into in a review.

The novel becomes quite hallucinatory towards the end and we are never quite sure if what Haller goes through is 'real' in the true sense of the word. But he emerges a changed man, ready to re-engage with the world and live his life to the full. Carpe Diem indeed.

Highly recommended. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
An important book to many, but the dream images were too insubstantial to really grab me. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Ungdomskärlek som fortfarande engagerar. ( )
  Arwid | Jun 14, 2016 |
An older man takes a room in a quiet, respectable home and is closely watched by the landlady’s nephew. The older man is deeply troubled and taken to wandering the streets of the city at all hours of the night. Eventually he vanishes, leaving behind a manuscript describing his life of solitude, suicidal thoughts, and mad escapades of parties, violence, sex, and drugs under his dual personalities of introverted hermit and that of a wolf from the steppes. Steppenwolf is a much vaunted book of mysticism but I found it a difficult read for I was not interested in either of the dual personalities. No, it shouldn’t be on the list. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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Hesse, Hermannprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Creighton, BasilTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manner, Eeva-LiisaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peter MagnusTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradac, JaroslavIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book contains the records left us by a man whom, according to the expression he often used himself, we called the Steppenwolf.
Ah, Harry, we have to stumble through so much dirt and humbug before we reach home. And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is our homesickness.
I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312278675, Paperback)

With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse’s best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul’s journey to liberation

Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—For Madmen Only!

Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf ’s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.

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"With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse's best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature's most poetic evocations of the soul's journey to liberation."--Publisher's website.

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