Title: Pictor's Metamorphoses and Other Fantasies
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 1982
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1982. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the German by Rika Lesser. 213 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration by Hermann Hesse. Jacket typography by Milton Glaser. 0374232121. keywords: Literature Translated Germany. inventory # 4535. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In the spring of 1922, several months after completing SIDDHARTHA, Hermann Hesse wrote a fairy tale that was also a love story, inspired by the woman who was to become his second wife, ‘Pictor’s Metamorphoses’ is the centerpiece of this new collection of nineteen fantasies and fairy tales by the Nobel Prize-winning author, It tells the story of a young man who, on entering the garden of paradise, longs to become part of the continual transformations that he sees all nature undergoing: a bird turning into a flower, the flower into a butterfly, the butterfly into a colored crystal with magic powers. Pictor wishes to become a tree, and his wish is granted, but it is not until he meets a young woman that he is able to participate fully in the process of change. ‘Pictor’s Metamorphoses,’ here for the first time in an authorized English translation, is presented with a facsimile of Hesse’s original handwritten edition of the story and his own watercolor illustrations. The other eighteen stories in this volume display the full range of Hesse’s fascination with fantasy-as folktale, literary fairy tale, dream, satire, rumination, In ‘Lulu,’ by far the longest story in the collection, a group of friends all fall in love with the same woman, the innkeeper’s niece; fantasy mingles with reality, so that the story occurs on two levels, ‘Two Brothers,’ a fairy tale written when Hesse was ten years old, is here as part of ‘Christmas with Two Children’s Stories,’ A later story, ‘Bird,’ harks back to the bird from ‘Pictor’s Metamorphoses,’ but is also Hesse’s allegorical portrayal of himself. Bookseller Inventory # 4535
Synopsis: In the spring of 1922, several months after completing Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse wrote a fairy tale that was also a love story, inspired by the woman who was to become his second wife. That story, Pictor?s Metamorphoses, is the centerpiece of this anthology of Hesse?s luminous short fiction. Based on The Arabian Nights and the work of the Brothers Grimm, the nineteen stories collected here represent a half century of Hesse's short writings. They display the full range of Hesse?s lifetime fascination with fantasy--as dream, fairy tale, satire, or allegory.
About the Author:
Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.
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