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Handle with care!
on 1 April 2017
Hesse inverts the meaning of several bible stories as he turns morality on its head in his diabolical vision of a Nietzschean world.
Demian is Hesse's demonic hero, who's rejection and contempt for Christian morality is portrayed uncritically as something to be admired. Gradually his lessons in evil corrupt his young friend, and - one presumes - Hesse's readers, if they are not wary.
This is a very good book, but also a dangerous one. It bears some of the intellectual seeds of the madness that overtook the world in the first half of the twentieth century. Handle with care.