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Steppenwolf (1927)

by Hermann Hesse

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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.… (more)
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    Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse (PandorasRequiem)
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    Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (GaryPatella)
    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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    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (snipermatze, chwiggy)
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    The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (Smiler69)
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    Herzog by Saul Bellow (roby72)
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    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (owen1218)
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    Abel Sánchez by Miguel de Unamuno (Neurasthenio)
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    The Hothouse by Wolfgang Koeppen (Liondancer)
    Liondancer: Die Persönlichkeit des "Treibhaus"-Abgeordneten Keetenheuve erinnert mich sehr an den "Steppenwolf" Harry Haller.
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    The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (caflores)
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    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (paradoxosalpha)
    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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    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Smiler69)
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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (roby72)

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Start & finish so so , to "etherial". I like the middle of his "awakening". ( )
  SteveMcI | Oct 3, 2023 |
This novel is presented as the memoirs of a 50-year-old man named Henry Haller, a lonely, wandering man who identifies his disconnect from "bourgeois" society as being like a wolf of the steppes. Over the course of the book he makes friends and acquaintances who help him enjoy frivolous activities such as dance and casual drug use. The final part of the book is set inside a magic theater where his thoughts come to life. Honestly I don't understand what was happening in there.

The novel at times reads more like a treatise on philosophy and spirituality than a fictional narrative. Haller comes across as a grump although I suppose there's a lot about him that is relatable. Many years ago I read Hesse's Siddhartha, which is a similar story of spiritual self-discovery that I found more engaging. Nevertheless, this worth the read. ( )
  Othemts | Aug 30, 2023 |
There's tremendous wisdom in this book, but I nevertheless found it a pretty unrewarding read. I have never been one for the novel of ideas - just write an essay about your ideas! - and this book has all the standard problems of the form. I never found the protagonist, Harry Haller, very likeable or very interesting. I could really identify with so many of the insights about how he is distanced from life and how his insistence on refinement has ended up as a kind of dried-up deprivation. But he was such a crashing bore and such a caricature that I didn't much care what happened to him.

One of the major problems is that he exerts no volition whatsoever; he just encounters one signpost after another and follows them obediently. Even when he doesn't follow the signposts it turns out he was supposed to ignore that one and take the next turn. I believe that's all very Jungian with the universal unconscious and so on, but in narrative terms it makes for a pretty boring read. I think if a character is going to be passive like Harry Haller, they need to either be charming or there needs to be a higher purpose for the reader to be invested in.

I also found the book entirely humourless. There's some insistence on the need to laugh, but that rings pretty hollow when you can't seem to muster a decent joke. I seem to have a constitutional dislike of dream sequences and "it was almost as if...", which I guess make me particularly ill-suited to getting the most out of this book.

I'd like to pretend that I might reread this book, and it could completely change my perspective to read it in a different stage of life, but there are so many books I've never read it's hard to imagine going back to one I didn't particularly enjoy. ( )
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
Stepskog vuka Hese je napisao 1927. godine. U toj "biografiji duse" svaka licnost je odraz jednog od sukoba autora sa samim sobom, kao ogledalo neprikrivenog razdora i pometnje u samopoimanju.

Ime glavnog junaka - Hari Haler jasno je obelezje, dovoljno za indentifikaciju. Hari Haler ima mnogo toga zajednickog sa Heseom. Sam je Hese kao izdavac rukopisa o izlaganjima Harija Halera, primetio sledece: "Ove zabeleske, bez obzira do koje mere pocivaju na stvarnim dozivljajima , predstavljaju saznanje da se velike bolesti nasega vremena ne mogu savladati na taj nacin sto cemo ih zaobici i ulepsati , to je pokusaj da sama bolest bude predmet izlaganja . "

Celokupno pripovedacko delo Hermana Hesea je autobiografsko, ali sa jednim posebnim obelezjem . Sam Hese je rekao da su to " biografske duse ". Dozivljaji su uglavnom plod maste ali ne u smislu proizvoljnog izmisljanja , vec kao pokusaj da se duboko dozivljavani dusevni tokovi prikazu kao vidljiva zbivanja. Tako je Heseovo kazivanje, s jedne strane, vezano za stvarnost koja je formirana u vremenu, a s druge, za nevidljivu i neoformljenu strvarnost koja ne zna za vreme…
  vanjus | Jun 12, 2023 |
Retrato do niilista alemão de meia idade e seu apego pelo melhor que há arte, a promessa de felicidade de um mozart etc, contra a cultura, da mediocridade dos pequenos ritos burgueses e leviandade e indulgência dos prazeres cotidianos. O problema é, e nisso o livro alcança um público maior, como viver então? Entre o lobo rabugento e o idealista deprimido, como em Siddharta, há um aprendizado espiritual que passa pelo amor de uma mulher, para o autor uma força integradora e mediadora. De escrita seca, até um pouco demais, duvidei que o final fosse ser estranho e maluco. Mas é. E deve ter influenciado as salas vermelhas de David Lynch. ( )
  henrique_iwao | Jan 27, 2023 |
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'Wat me nu opviel bij herlezing na dertig jaar was die durf van Hesse om alle registers open te trekken. Niet alleen stilistisch en structureel, maar ook door de meerdere lagen die op literair, psychologisch, seksueel, geschiedkundig en filosofisch vlak elkaar aanvullen en soms met elkaar contrasteren.'

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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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3518366750 1974 softcover German suhrkamp taschenbuch 175
3518460633 2009 softcover German suhrkamp taschenbuch 4063, st Großdruck
3518463551 2012 softcover German suhrkamp taschenbuch 4355 (Geschenkbuch)
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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.

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4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014118289X, 0141045531, 0241951526, 0141192097


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