Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/09/2017
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Demian is a coming-of-age story that follows a young boy's maturation as he grapples with good and evil, lightness and darkness, and forges alternatives to the ever-present corruption and suffering that he sees all around him. Crucial to this development are his relationships with a series of older mentors, of who the titular Demian is the most charismatic, otherworldly and ultimately influential. Many have noted the influence of Jungian psychology upon this novel and it is fascinating to see Herman Hesse's interests in the self, existence and free will play out through through the lens of early twentieth-century Europe; Christian imagery and themes are ever-present, as is the shadow of the First World War.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241307434
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 120g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 12 mm

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An enjoyable read with an unusual plot.
After being hooked by Siddhartha, another one of Herman Hesse’s works, Demian was the logical next step. The two books differ greatly - Siddhartha seemed ... READ MORE
Daniel Withington
sad and depressing
Demian is a quite sad and depressing read despite being so short. The fight between good and bad, how easy it can be to slip from one to another. I think t... READ MORE
Philosophically moving
I love it! Such a good book that inspired the wings album by BTS .