Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund

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First published in 1930, Narcissus and Goldmuna is the story of two diametrically opposite men: one, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and the other, a romantic youth hungry for worldly experience.

Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, allusive: alive to the importance of play. Narcissus and Goldmuna is his very best. What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body-and-soul-shaking debate that runs through it, which it has the honesty and courage not to resolve: between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation.

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1968]
ISBN: 9780374506841
Branch Call Number: HESS
Characteristics: 315 p. 22 cm.


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johnf108 Mar 23, 2014

Only Eric Rohmer's "My Night at Maud's" raises the issues of faith vrs. reason and what people really 'want.'
Hess's story and Rohmer approach the topics differently but both are classics at doing so.
My favorite of the Hess stories.

Vero_biblio Mar 08, 2012

A novel set in the Middle Ages, in which we meet two characters who live very different lives. A meditation on living a balanced life. Contains a vivid description of Germany and Europe at the time of the Black Death (the plague).

Feb 21, 2011

Like all Hesse books this one will pull you into another world, like a giant painting that comes to life. It is beautiful, flowery, romantic, and at times tragic. The opposing lives of Narcissus and Goldmund will find their ways into your veins, and you will wonder which is more like you.


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