Editorial Reviews. Review. “A poetic novel unique in its fascination.” ―Thomas Mann. “Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, . Dec 4, Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. Feb 6, One of the reasons I enjoy Hesse’s writings is for its archetypal, there are any underlying homosexual themes in Narcissus and Goldmund or.

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Can I just say that I absolutely love Hermann Hesse. After Narcissus gives his blessing and releases his friend out into the wide world, the novel truly takes hold.

As the season is autumn, Goldmund takes the job. Golxmund never realized how much German lit I had until I started to shelve some of it together. Io non mi auguro altro se non che tu divenga Boccadoro in tutto e per tutto.

Narcissus and Goldmund

January 21, at 8: I enjoy books in various genres, but especially literary fiction, literature in translation, historical fiction, history, short stories and travel writing and poetry.

First published inthe novel remains a moving and pointed exploration of the conflict between the life of the spirit and the life of the flesh. These “feminine” and “masculine” qualities are drawn from the Jungian archetypal structure, and is reminiscent of some of his yesse works, especially Demian.

It is a figure of a kind of space in which humans can take the initiative to realize themselves. His was the simplicity, which is indeed wisdom. Marcis by a balance between isolation and contact, between rigidity and fluidity, similarity and difference, the cloister is a figure for a kind of space which sustains human plurality. This is not a review. Una favola fa riflettere.

In its highest form, friendship is crucial in leading narcia virtuous life: I know this won’t be appreciated by those who consider this book formative, but the same comeback of Goldmund to the monastery where he spent his earlier pious years looks more like a defeat than as an inner development of him.


He longs for love, but “for the first time he felt that he appeared narcsi to a young woman. Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte pursuing knowledge, and the contemplation of logic, philosophy and theology.

The beginning of our true life. However, in the end Goldmund refuses an offer of guild membership, preferring the freedom of the road. Knjiga mjeseca- Narcis i zlatousti 3 72 Mar 09, Tu ti avvicini a lui amando e ricreando la sua creazione. But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand. On the one hand, the novel seems to unfold within an field of conceptual terms drawn entirely from philosophical reflections on friendship from Plato through to Montaigne.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only came later. Narcissus takes care of Goldmund.

Hesse, in the spirit of Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedycompletes the equation by creating Goldmund as a wanderer a Dionysian endeavour balanced out by Narcissus, the structured and stable priest-monk an Apollonian approachand highlighting the harmonizing relationship between the main characters. Want to Read saving…. Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time. This is an excellent classic. At school, in family. Being what it is, in one way I really do feel that is perfect as it is.

My next goal is to learn German so I can read his books again in his native tongue. In Hesse that substructure is made visible throughout the text, at the level of theme, setting, plot and structure. Hesse’s first great novel, “Peter Camenzind”, was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and more “natural” way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country.


I have now finished all of his major works and I must say “bravo”. When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite.

When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. See all 3 questions about Narcissus and Goldmund….

Review: Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse |

Thinkers and artists alike have their place in the world and neither hermanb think they are superior to the other for they are antithesis of each toldmund. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I finally found the translator of my edition! Space or distance is a substructure of friendship. Goldmund is a born artist with a innate bent toward the agony and bliss of wanting to eat life- not just watch it parade on by Philosophical? The struggle has never lessened through the decades but knowing the source of my angst and putting the names nacis Narcissus and Goldmund to the conflicting drives helped.

The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades.

That depends on how you see it, how you define spirituality, this is not a book that will feed you any dogma or give you a set of rules to live by. Narcissus’ love is clearly played out in the final chapter as he tells goldmund how he has always fealt about him.