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Hermann Hesse, Pilgrim of Crisis: A Biography

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The stormy life story of the Nobel Prize-winning writer whose novels, selling millions, captivated a generation, shaping the counter-culture's infatuation with the East and mysticism, and youth's absorption in the passion of adolescent crisis.


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The stormy life story of the Nobel Prize-winning writer whose novels, selling millions, captivated a generation, shaping the counter-culture's infatuation with the East and mysticism, and youth's absorption in the passion of adolescent crisis.

30 review for Hermann Hesse, Pilgrim of Crisis: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Del Camp

    I forgot - all I remember is that when I was in high school, I read everything by and about Herman Hesse and Eric Fromme I could get my hands on. Looking back, I should have read more books by Kurt Vonnegut and Saul Bellow back then, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    An investigation of the life that produced many classic titles. Confirmation that if you write what you know, you can produce great works. Many of Hesse's novels are very autobiographical.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Rather than guru, mystical convert, or philosopher par excellence: this biography will show you a man constantly afflicted for almost his entire life by ailments, depression, escapism, complaints, whining, a spell of suicide (steppenwolf era), burdens of marriage he didn't even want to take in the first place, petty political arguments and justifications, and a constant polarity of indecision between states of being: that of the comfortable bourgeois at home and that of the roving wanderer who w Rather than guru, mystical convert, or philosopher par excellence: this biography will show you a man constantly afflicted for almost his entire life by ailments, depression, escapism, complaints, whining, a spell of suicide (steppenwolf era), burdens of marriage he didn't even want to take in the first place, petty political arguments and justifications, and a constant polarity of indecision between states of being: that of the comfortable bourgeois at home and that of the roving wanderer who wants to unshackle all chains (Apollo and Dionysus, Narcissus and Goldmund)—every time he'd enter one state, the grass would look greener. That is until quite late in life, when he may have finally calmed down. I still enjoyed reading of his exploits though. But for all the fame he had garnered, why did he complain so much. If I were to achieve that level of fame that he did quite early in life as a writer, I imagine I would be much happier, but who knows: maybe the fame would come with its own burdens. As David Bowie said in the 2000s, I wouldn't wish fame on my worst enemy, though he was a pop star of a constantly changing image and identity, whereas Hesse was a european literary intellectual who only in the slightest played up the steppenwolf image for a bit in public.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Arias

    This was an extensively researched and enlightening read on one of the 20th century's most influential writers. You want to know the real life of a writer? The real insecurities, obstacles (both internal and external), and (when seeking endgame artistic expressions) transcendent evolutions? If so, this is biography for you. But don't go in blind. If you are already a fan of Hesse, you're well prepared. If you're unfamiliar with his work then hit the big ones: Demian, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Nar This was an extensively researched and enlightening read on one of the 20th century's most influential writers. You want to know the real life of a writer? The real insecurities, obstacles (both internal and external), and (when seeking endgame artistic expressions) transcendent evolutions? If so, this is biography for you. But don't go in blind. If you are already a fan of Hesse, you're well prepared. If you're unfamiliar with his work then hit the big ones: Demian, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. For a slim treat hit up Journey to the East. The transformation of this author over the years and the way he captures the conflicts of a persons spirit is astounding. And here, in this biography, Freedman holds nothing back. Hesse is neither a sinner or saint, he is wholly human, flaws and all. I would not trade my time with this book for anything.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michela

    Biografia ricca di dettagli e informazioni, lettura molto piacevole. L'autore riesce ad esprimere insieme all'affetto anche una certa critica verso alcuni comportamenti e aspetti della personalità di H.H. E' un testo che non può mancare nella libreria di chi ama lo scrittore di lingua tedesca più letto al mondo. Un unico neo: davvero troppi refusi...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Arreguin

    What a journey Herman Hesse had! Great legacy and writer

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Pilgrim of Crisis is a comprehensive insight into one of the 20th centuries most significant authors.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daria Brennan

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danylù Louliette Kazham

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elena Giannakopoulou

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshia Hardy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Moore

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Sylvester

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    Matthew

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    Thomas Cotterill

  17. 5 out of 5

    Swasanna

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Éric

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Caithness

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    Daniel Simpson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erika Mohn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gamze

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ecaterina Dochian

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