The Fairy Tales Of Hermann Hesse

Hesse, Hermann

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New York. 1995. Bantam Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the German & With An Introduction by Jack Zipes. 266 pages. November 1995. hardcover. Jacket illustration by David Frampton. 0553100238. keywords: Literature Germany Fairy Tales Translated. inventory # 35859. FROM THE PUBLISHER - To read Hermann Hesse’s fairy tales is to enter a fabulous world of dreams and visions, philosophy and passion. This landmark collection contains twenty-two of Hesse’s finest stories in this genre, most translated into English here for the first time. Drawing on both Eastern and Western fairy-tale traditions, Hesse captures the innate power of this ancient form as he spins wondrous stories that both entertain us and penetrate beneath the surface of our conscious mind. Full of visionaries and seekers, princesses and wandering poets, his fairy tales speak to the place in our psyche that inspires us with deep spiritual longing; that compels us to leave home, and inevitably to return; and that harbors the greatest joys and most devastating wounds of our heart. Containing all the themes common to Hesse’s great novels - SIDDHARTHA, STEPPENWOLF and DEMIAN - and mirroring events in his own life, these exquisite short pieces exhibit the same mystical and romantic impulses that contribute to the haunting brilliance of his major works. Several stories, including ‘The Poet,’ ‘The Fairy Tale About the Wicker Chair,’ and ‘The Painter,’ examine the dilemma of the artist, torn between the drive for perfection and the temptations of pleasure and social success. Other tales reflect changes and struggles within society: in ‘Faldum,’ a city is irrevocably transformed when each resident is granted his or her fondest wish; in ‘Strange News from Another Planet,’ ‘If the War Continues,’ and ‘The European,’ nightmarish landscapes convey Hesse’s devastating critiques of nationalism, barbarism, and war. Strikingly original in both substance and style, these richly symbolic works resonate with timeless themes: the fundamental duality of existence, the isolation of the artist, and the decline of Western civilization. Hesse’s lyrical prose is deceptively simple, like a Zen koan, often camouflaging profound enigmas. What is the meaning of the killing of the blind leader in ‘The Forest Dweller’? Why does the guide leap off the mountain in ‘The Difficult Path’? By making us ask these provocative questions, Hesse invites us to undertake a quest for personal and cultural enlightenment that is as relevant today as it was to readers in his own time. Illuminating and inspiring, THE FAIRY TALES OF HERMANN HESSE will challenge and enchant readers of all ages. A distinguished and historic publication, this fine translation by Jack Zipes captures their subtlety and elegance for decades to come. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A collection of twenty-two fairy tales by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, most translated into English for the first time, show the influence of German Romanticism, psychoanalysis, and Eastern religion on his development as an author.

About the Author: Hermann Hesse was born in 1877. His books include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi. He died in 1962.

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Title: The Fairy Tales Of Hermann Hesse
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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