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Demian (original 1919; edition 1966)
by Herman Hesse
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060931914, Paperback)
In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious shoolmate Max Demian--into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.
"The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War by Demian...is unforgettable. With uncanny accuracy this poetic work struck the nerve of the times and called forth grateful rapture from a whole youthful generation who believed that an interpreter of their innermost life had risen from their own midst."
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:37:19 -0500)
A friend's mother, war, and newly discovered self-respect draw a young man toward his psychological awakening.
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