Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
A Novel

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Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—for mad men only.

Steppenwolf is Hesse’s best-known and most autobiographical work. With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, it is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul’s journey to liberation. Originally published in English in 1929, the novel’s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.

 

About Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse was born in 1877. His books include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi. He died in 1962.
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Holt Paperbacks. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He feels that because he wrote it in a later time of his life and his main character, Haller, is an older middle aged man that young adults are most often the ones who misunderstand the real meaning of this novel.

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