Narcissus and Goldmund Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel (Observer)
At the medieval monastery of Mariabronn, the restless Goldmund realises he isn't cut out for a cloistered life under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the ascetic Narziss, and so begins a series of travels that see him work his way through most of the seven deadly sins before finding a psychic resolution of sorts in an apprenticeship to a master sculptor. Only by feeding his appetite for worldly experience does Goldmund finally find the courage to face death. (The Guardian 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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'Full of secrets, life stared at him, a murky, unfathomable world, an impenetrable, thorny forest full of fabulous perils'
Two men become friends in a medieval monastery: Narcissus, dark and serious, and Goldmund: sunny, childlike and reckless. When Goldmund realizes he is not meant for a life of self-denial, he sets off on the road in search of experience, becoming entangled in the extremes of a world dominated by sin, plague and war - until, many years later, he encounters Narcissus one final time. Bringing to life the Middle Ages in all their beauty and horror, Hesse's profound masterpiece of the imagination explores friendship, love, death, fate and the true meaning of freedom.
'A poetic novel unique in its fascination' Thomas Mann
'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' The New York Times Book Review
'One of his masterpieces ... a great novel' Observer
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Hesse's contemplative prose flows assuredly with a glowing aptitude to conjure complicated feelings and images without betraying the fluidity of the storytelling. More than just another fine bildungsroman, "Narcissus and Goldmund" leaves us knowing the world and accepting its ceaseless vicissitude as it is and our place within it. For those of you who got hooked on the works of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Jung and wished to extend to a more creative literature, I recommend picking up this book for it's intensely emotional impact. As for the cinephiles I would compare the book to Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and Tarkovsky's ANDERI RUBLEV, both of which share many similarities with this particular novel by Hesse. Read, feel, think and enjoy.
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