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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
11:52 am - Book club and Steppenwolf

Hello, fellow fans of Hermann Hesse! The t_o_book_club selects a book to read and discuss together every couple months. The book for August and September is Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf. The book discussion has already started.

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Monday, May 15th, 2006
1:24 pm

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I went to the Hesse Museum in Calw, and I need to share! Here are some pictures!Collapse )

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
1:51 am - Blowing some dust off the community

A while back, I stumbled onto this alternate reading of Demian:


It's a neat article, certainly worth the few minutes it takes to read. Demian might be my favorite of Hesse's works, and I always relish the chance to approach it from new directions.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
7:23 pm - "Narziss und Goldmund" -a personal review

Already wrote about in on my LJ, but it might be here that these thoughts are in the right place... As I read "Narziss und Goldmund" I had this strange feeling of exchanging the characters, Narziss was blonde and Goldmund had black curls and blue eyes in my mind...I chose to post this pic to check if
anyone can follow my thoughts =-)
 This is exactly how I imagine Narziss to look like. Has anyone of you ever fallen in love with a character in a book, someone that inspired your imagination as no other ever did? That happened to me when I read this book. By the way: Did anyone else see the strange connection between Narziss and Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde? The momentariness of youth, short-lived beauty and (my favourite in ANY book) the silent hints at homoeroticism? Curious to hear your opinion!

current mood: curious

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005
2:06 pm - "Narziss und Goldmund"

Hi everyone, I don´t mean to bother and I´m new here...just like to ask if anyone has read "Narcissus and Goldmund" recently and would like to reflect about it with me? I´m German and I´d really like to know how it is to read it in English (I suppose you have). How is the translation?
Many questions =-D Sorry.
Love, Matisse

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Sunday, October 30th, 2005
10:18 pm - Herr Hesse ist Liebe!

Okay, so it's old news, the isLove Generator. But I twiddled with it a bit (as you can!) so I can finally proudly state that:

hermann hesse is love

Isn't he, though? *dances off*

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
2:36 am - The Steppenwolf
scaleandmirror Has anyone read The Steppenwolf? I am reading it right now and it's just great.

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, July 1st, 2005
3:39 pm - Hesse's voice

I thought it was time for a treat... I found something on this CD:
Bakhålls Litterära Röster / Literary Voices In Rare Recordings. Nr. 10 on the CD is Hermann Hesse reading the beginning of one of his own stories, 'Der Dichter'. I just thought it'd be nice to hear him read some - I think he sounds as relaxed as his writing-style ;) The rest of the CD is very nifty too, well worth buying - if you have a thing for dead voices ;)

I have typed out the text in German (it differs a bit from the original text) and a free-range English translation. For the real story (of which this is but the beginning) look in Hesse's Märchen.

This .mp3 isn't available online anymore, you can find alternatives further down the thread!

The German textCollapse )

The English textCollapse )

current mood: awake

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
9:25 am - Hesses Gedichte / Стихотворения

Различные переводы стихотворений Гессе на русский:

Мои переводы с оригиналами на немецком (meine Uebersetzungen mit deutschen Originalen):
- Добро пожаловать - обсудить, покритиковать! Продолжение следует.

current mood: relaxed

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Friday, May 13th, 2005
10:01 pm

It's great to find a Hermann Hesse community! I'm slowly working my way through Hesse's oeuvre. I read a lot of books, but only in Hesse's work do I find the (in)completeness of reality; Hesse writing about working in the garden is more fascinating than any story rife with action, I think.

Currently I'm reading Siddharta, but I came to Hesse via his short stories since I'm a complete short-story nut. I like the way he can make me cringe, dislike a story and still read on, as happened for example with his 'Kinderseele' (what can I say, I'm sensitive to childhood stories..) but short collected stories as in his Fabulierbuch or Märchen make me happiest.

I'm curious after Hesse's poetry, could anyone quote one of his/her (short) favourites, or link to it? I frankly don't know where to start :)

My current favourite quote would have to be: "Das alles war ja die Art und Sprache einer Welt, zu der er nicht mehr gehörte. Sie mochte die gute, die bessere, die richtige Welt sein - es war nicht mehr die seine." ("All that was the manner and speech of a world to which he didn't belong anymore. It might be the good, the better, the right world - it wasn't his anymore.") from 'Klein und Wagner'.

current mood: elated

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Monday, May 9th, 2005
4:41 pm

hello! what a great idea of a community! :)
ok, so listen to how AMAZING this is, for my AP english class final we all got to choose a book to read and do a project on, the book i chose was Siddhartha and the project is making a mix CD to go along with the theme/mood of the book..
i have a list of songs so far but i would LOVEEEEEEEEEE input, thank you!

current mood: content

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Saturday, April 30th, 2005
3:08 pm

I'm delighted to at long last find a community devoted to Hesse on LJ!

Hesse was probably the most influential writer I encountered in my teenage years, and by the time I went to college, I had read everything of his that was available in English. I still return to his work regularly, especially his poetry, and reading Hours in the Garden has been a springtime ritual for many years. I am an organist by profession, and have frequently used "Pistorius" as a username and pseudonym. I am also a composer and have written a major electronic score (with a chamber orchestra version also) based on Klingsor's Last Summer. Another on-going project is an opera based on Narcissus and Goldmund, which I might just finish some day

"Art is the contemplation of the world in a state of grace." - Hermann Hesse, in Klinsor's Last Summer

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
4:14 am - and stand close by me.


and few are talking
and I am (perhaps) the most intense Hermann Hesse fangirl there ever was.
(this is someone who would camp out at his grave if she thought he *might* come back to life.)
(also thinks about him as her ideal person for just about anything.)

Unsure what exactly the community is for...
I have read almost all of his novels (+short stories) that I know of
not yet Steppenwolf which, for some very odd reason, is troublesome for me
to get through. I am about 20 pages from the end, when I last tried to read it, but I keep on quitting.

My favorite book is probably Narcissus and Goldmund although Demian was also terribly delightful.
I am quite fond of his essays.
Did you know that he wrote a review on the catcher in the rye? As I recall he more or less said that all of the depressing mail he got from American teenagers now was easy to understand and that it was a wonderful novel. The review was in the book My Belief, which I found in my library and wish I could steal. as this would cause great guilt, i check it out whenever i have time / an inclination to do so.

i suppose perhaps i should ask an
incisive question
one that strikes at the heart of all who read it
and will make people stop lurking and so and so:

why hermann hesse?
(answer as you like, perhaps in your own entries even.)

current mood: delighted

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Friday, March 11th, 2005
2:43 am - Welcome

Welcome to a new community celebrating the German Author, Hermann Hesse!

This community was created for people who love Hesse's works to share their thoughts and questions. Please post freely.

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