Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Demian has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.34
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Demian Paperback – 24 Oct 2008


See all 40 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£4.48
£3.03 £1.42
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
£4.48 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • When you trade in £15 or more you’ll receive an additional £5 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for the next time you spend £10 or more.

Frequently Bought Together

Demian + Siddhartha (Penguin Modern Classics) + Steppenwolf (Penguin Translated Texts)
Price For All Three: £18.96

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £0.34
Trade in Demian for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.34, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.net (24 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607960184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607960188
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1997
Format: Paperback
Demian, like several other books by Hesse, is a book about the growth of an individual, in this case Emil Sinclair.
Emil Sinclair's life is an ordinary one: he is an ordinary adolescent growing up in an ordinary household, encountering ordinary troubles and coming up with ordinary and ineffective solutions to these problems. Into this world enters someone who is not ordinary, who does not live in an ordinary household and who does not seem to have any of the ordinary problems. This someone, Demian, solves Sinclair's inconsequential problems quite easily.
He takes Sinclair under his wing and shows him that what distingishes between ordinary and extraordinary is simply thought and action based on a deep rooted understanding of human nature. This knowledge is enough to alleviate many of the troubles which afflict most people, allowing more time for higher pursuits, for growth.
Demian guides and helps Sinclair during the early stages of his development. Sinclair's growth is incidental - he takes to Demian because Demian solves his problems. Ultimately he must move away. If he is to continue growing significantly however, there must ultimately be an awareness and a desire for it. Growth must eventually come alone and will only come if there is a strong and persistent hunger for it.
Demian is a good teacher, but like most teachers he fails because of his zeal to educate. For higher education to be successful, the student must seek out the teacher. If the teacher has to seek out the student, the student is probably not yet ready to learn. Moreover, the teacher in seeking out a student halts his own growth.
In Demian, as in many of his books, Hesse suggests a philosophy which stresses that an essential requirement for mental fulfillment is an awareness of what is required for fulfillment. This awareness in turn leads ultimately to the realization that the road to fulfillment is a lonely one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
As usual, Hesse - in 'Demian' - has produced a rich and thought-provoking comment on life and the individual's place within it. It's very similar to his other work in that it shares certain themes and views...but this makes it no less enjoyable as a text that is still fresh and relevant in the 21st Century.
I agree that the novel (novella?) loses focus towards to end. Indeed, perhaps the main narrative never finds a true focus at all. I felt that several characters in the tale were superfluous and brought little to the book's central 'message'.
I was, however, extremely impressed with the sense of impending war that Hesse manages to paint towards the end. In a very small amount of pages, the full sense of a world about to collapse in on itself is exceptionally sharp. It really comes close to portraying how the youth of entire nations must have felt in the face of imminent conflict in Europe.
Very compelling - perhaps a little muddled, but rightly judged as a classic.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cinephilo on 11 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Among Hermann Hesse's works it is very difficult to choose one. They are all great and deep. Some are novels of formation (Steppenwolf, Sidhartha, Demian) some are description of a fail in one's life (Knulp, again Sidhartha) and all are stories of love, passion, spiritualiy and some erotism.

My favorite one is this novel.

If you don't know Hesse and you want just to start reading his works I would propose you to read this one. I could say Sidhartha but the problem with that one is that you have to suffer the first pages to understand what is going on in the Indian universe of the novel.

Besides, Demian is happy while Sidhartha ... I stop. I don't want to spoil.Steppenwolf (Essential Penguin)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1997
Format: Paperback
I was forced to read this book in my junior year of my High School career. While I generally did not read the required books and articles, I did read a lot on my own and when Demian was assigned, I decided to read it. I can't say that it was the best thing that I have ever done, but I am glad that I did not let this fantastic book pass me by. With my usual tact, I ignored the 2 chapter-per-night assignment, and finished the entire book in two nights.

Hermann Hess (author of Siddhartha, Narziss and Goldmund, and Steppenwolf) begins his half-autobiographical, half fiction tale of young Emil Sinclair. Emil is trapped between two worlds: one a world of Holiness and Purity, the other a world of Darkness and Mystery. In one world, times like Christmas and Easter; in the other, a world of "scandal" and "ghost stories". In an attempt to gain more repute with the "bad" gang at his school, Emil concocts a story of him stealing apples from a townsman notorious for his bad temper. Franz, the leader of the gang, then goes, steals the apples, and blackmails Emil making him pay Franz money that he does not have. Emil then begins to steal from his parents to pay his fee until an incredible figure comes into his life.

Max Demian, new to the area, is young in body, yet ancient in spirit and knowledge. He befriends Emil and influences him in a way that will affect the rest of his life.

As Emil and Max grow up together, it seems to Emil that Max has supernatural powers. He is apparently able to influence people to do his whim and demonstrates this many times to Emil. Max also has a unique interpretation of the Bible which as he shares with Emil, undermines Emil's entire beliefs of what he has always taken for truth.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback