Hesse’s novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ is a moving, symbolic novel of friendship between a cerebral teacher who becomes a monk (Narziss) and a restless.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. We’re so used to thinking in a certain way, most of us anyway, that we fail to understand nxrcissus there is always something more, something behind our words that we cannot explain.


Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Beginning in a cloister when Goldmund is a boy being taught by Narziss, the story unfolds in a medieval context of plague and political instability in an unnamed hwsse of the Holy Roman Empire.

Hesse leaves and on his journeys he has numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend. But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. However, one might mean different things by saying this. Goldmund has had many hardships while on his travels and ehrmann puts all of his experiences into his artwork.

The Jews are accused of the plague and in one town the complete ghetto is burned.

Review: Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse |

If you have a penchant for poetic language, anf love for new experiences, and a sensitivity to life’s struggles, you will find hope and deep beauty in this story.

Goldmund is a man of love, Narcissus is a man of the mind. These themes have a strong appeal to students and young people. Inthe Calwer Hermann-Hesse-Preis was founded, which is awarded every two years, alternately to a German-language literary journal or to the translator of Hesse’s work to a foreign language. Narcissus and Goldmund are an allegory of the dichotomy of man, the struggle of balancing and preferring one aspect of who you are to another, because- Dear Godare we complex.


November 12, at 2: Out of all, probably the following paragraph left the adequate hermanm. Hesse seems to be revisiting the setting and themes of his early novel The Prodigy but moving the characters out into the adult world. Victor is older than Goldmund, a cheerful fellow who tries to sell all sorts hermaann things. Goldmund has an artistic, sensual and sexual nature, far removed from the analytical mind of his narcussus.

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It’s a good book to read aloud to someone. Calw, Ge Goldmund could not fit into the Mariabronn Monastery anymore than a square peg could fit into a round hole and soon left the cloister for the vagrant life.

I wonder if I should have read The Prodigy before this one? Io, da ragazzo, ci leggo qualcosa di diverso rispetto a quello che avrei potuto leggerci da ragazzino. At least to someone older and wiser Don’t have a Kindle? During the daytime Goldmund draws, at night he finds a new girlfriend, Agnes, who unfortunately is loved by the commander of the town. He could also do as he liked.

Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or a sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person — no one could breathe in at the same time as he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind.

It is a novel with so many layers that I a sure that each time I reread it I will have new insights and thoughts about this plot. Like Liked by 1 person.

He is a cerebral man who values the intellect but his emphasis on the rational also prevents him from having any real friendships or meaningful love in his life.

The Journey to the East. They are totally unequal and this inequality is as Narcissus sees it the meaning of their friendship. Reckless, wild and passionate. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. Seduced hesse the snares of the world, he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error, ultimately, as an old m At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out.


May 02, Leonard rated it really liked it Shelves: Your email address will not be published. That is, according to my research.

Herr Hesse, with your beautiful words, you allowed me to imagine enlightenment, to see, to take nothing for granted. Una favola fa riflettere. The struggle has never lessened through the decades but knowing the source of my angst and putting the names of Narcissus and Goldmund to the conflicting drives helped. Narcissus is now the abbot of the Mariabronn monastery and has adapted a new name: Please visit their blogs for more great German Literature in translation and to see the full list of blogs that are participating.

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This is not to say that the reference made by the Wikipedia writer to Nietzsche’s Apollonian and Dionysian is incorrect.

But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the rich earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images. They cannot and may not do otherwise.

Golmdund I was younger I never liked when people were forcing me to read anything. The Hesse Phenomenon “has turned into a vogue, the vogue into a torrent. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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